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  •  Some time (3+ / 0-)
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    Stude Dude, wintergreen8694, TexasTom

    Some time in my lifetime, the Republicans will control the presidency and the Senate.  At that point, I would predict they would try to appoint as many future Scalias and Thomases as they could to the bench.  In the meantime, we can get on with the business of having a fully staffed judiciary and people to run the various agencies and bureaus that irritate the anti-government Republicans so much.

    •  That time will only come after (1+ / 0-)
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      Gentle Giant

      we finish Barack H Obama's presidency and Hillary R. Clinton's two terms and Brian Schweitzer's 2 terms.  By then Kennedy and the RATS will mostly all be retired or dead.  Same goes for all the appointments made by Reagan, Bush I and Bush II.

      This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

      by DisNoir36 on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 07:11:23 AM PST

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      •  Optimistic (1+ / 0-)
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        aren't you?
          I'd love that long a run to fix all the crap dished out since Ronnie Raygun (or maybe since Nixon). But since the end of WWII, only ONCE has the American electorate give a party more than 8 consecutive years in the WH--and that was the 12 of Reagan-Bush I.

        Don't kid ourselves: Even if ACA is a success that people love and Obama's numbers are back up to at least the 50% level by January '16, the Dem nominee will be fighting the tendency of voters to give the WH to the other party after 8 years. It's not a law of nature: We CAN do this, but we'd better stop talking like it'll be a walk in the park.

        "I was not born for myself alone, but for my neighbor as well as myself."--Richard Overton, leader of the Levellers, a17th C. movement for democracy and equality during the English Civil War. for healthcare coverage in Kentucky

        by SouthernLeveller on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 07:31:01 AM PST

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    •  That's exactly what they've already done (2+ / 0-)
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      Dr Erich Bloodaxe RN, salmo

      That's why we have the Supreme Court, and Courts of Appeal, that we are now stuck with and struggling with -- because the Republicans did not hesitate to appoint the most right-wing ideologues they possibly could, and do it on 51-49 votes if they had to.

      Wikipedia reminds us: The Thomas confirmation process was highly contentious -- VP Dan Quayle presided, in case his vote was needed to break a tie -- and we lost, 52-48, even though the Democrats controlled the Senate (and Joe Biden chaired Senate Judiciary). If the Democrats had insisted on a 60-vote cloture vote first -- the very thing the GOP now claims is somehow baked into the Constitution -- the nomination would have gone down.

      So all the frothing about this being "nuclear" is sheer nonsense and please let's stop using that framing. It's a minor rules change that restores the way things normally worked until Jan. 20, 2009.

    •  And when they do. When the Republicans are (0+ / 0-)

      back in power, nothing we do now can change anything they will do then.

      Why is it easier to buy a gun than it is to register to vote in most states?

      by 88kathy on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 07:58:04 AM PST

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    •  They've been doing that all along, and we've been (0+ / 0-)

      letting them, so I still don't see any downside here.

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