JILL BIDEN SAT DOWN WITH JAKE TAPPER ON CNN AND WE'RE ALL SUPPOSED TO PRETEND THAT'S NORMAL?
IN 1992, BILL AND HILLARY CLINTON SAT DOWN FOR A JOINT-INTERVIEW ON 60 MINUTES BUT YOU DIDN'T CATCH HILLARY DOING INTERVIEWS WHILE BILL HID AWAY OR HILLARY CAMPAIGNING IN WISCONSIN WHILE BILL INSISTED HE WAS SOCIAL DISTANCING.
IN FACT, JILL'S ON THE ROAD CAMPAIGNING SORT OF ELIMINATES THE CLAIM THAT JOE'S HIDING TO PROTECT OTHERS FROM CORONAVIRUS, IF YOU CARE TO NOTICE.
REACHED FOR COMMENT, JOE ASKED THESE REPORTERS, "IS THIS DOMINOS? I WANT TO TRY THE NEW TACO PIZZA BUT HOW BIG IS THE TACO SHELL IT COMES IN?"
Starting with the issue of the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Margaret Kimberley (BLACK AGENDA REPORT) points out:
The Supreme Court is supposed to be the issue that ends all arguments. The fact that the Democrats mishandled this situation so badly is one of the reasons they have deified the late justice Ginsburg. They have to divert attention from the mess they created. The federal courts would not play such a large political role if the Democrats were serious about winning and keeping legislative majorities. When Barack Obama was president they lost more than 900 seats in state legislatures, the House of Representatives and the Senate.
The loss of the Senate was particularly devastating. Ginsburg should have stepped down when Obama still had the Democratic Party control needed to nominate a replacement. Instead, the 80-year old who had already been diagnosed with cancer was supremely arrogant. In 2014 Ginsburg was dismissive of prudent calls for her to retire and said so publicly . “So tell me who the president could have nominated this spring that you would rather see on the court than me?” Thanks to her hubris, Democrats are now caught in a mixture of panic and overly deferential mourning.
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The Republican Supreme Court super majority is a very bad thing for the country. But it all came about because of the Democratic Party. The sooner voters abandon them and build progressive politics for themselves, the better. The people must save themselves and the first thing they can do is detach themselves from the losers. Giving money to their PACs is a waste and so is idolizing a dead justice. For that matter, idolizing a dead political party is equally foolish.
RBG should have stepped down. And this we must honor her dying wish nonsense? I'm sorry, when did the US become the Make A Wish Foundation? And when did an 87-year-old woman become a young child whose life would be tragically cut short?
Ruth did not own a seat on the court. She cannot 'will it' to anyone. If she wanted a say, the answer was to resign, not hold on when she clearly was incapacitated. She lived a long life -- longer than women who live in poverty, as we noted in "Ruth Badger Ginsburg (Ava and C.I.)" -- she made decisions that we are now stuck dealing with. She was no saint and this problem we now address is one of her own making.
As some began to accept reality, people got nervous about how the Dems in the Senate would handle a nominee from US President Doanld Trump. John Bresnahan and Marianne Levine (POLITICO) report on the panic over the realization that Ranking Member on the Judiciary Committee Dianne Feinstein might not be up to the job. She is 87 years old, for example, the same age that RBG died at. From the report:
Some Democrats privately fear that Feinstein could mishandle the situation and hurt their chances of winning back the majority.
Feinstein sometimes gets confused by reporters’ questions, or will offer different answers to the same question depending on where or when she’s asked. Her appearance is frail. And Feinstein's genteel demeanor, which seems like it belongs to a bygone Senate era, can lead to trouble with an increasingly hard-line Democratic base uninterested in collegiality or bipartisan platitudes.
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A Democratic senator, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said a group of Feinstein’s colleagues want Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) or Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) to serve as the top Democrat on the Judiciary panel for the upcoming nomination hearings, which are expected to be extraordinarily contentious. This senator is worried that potential missteps by Feinstein could cost Democrats seats.
Sorry, people, she's the Ranking Member. It's the role she was given and I don't see her saying, "Here, take the baton." I really don't see her saying that. Back to the article:
Other Democrats privately said there have been complaints to party leaders that Feinstein is not capable of handling the Judiciary post in the current situation. Some of these senators said Feinstein should have retired rather than run for reelection in 2018 at age 85. Feinstein’s age was an issue in that campaign and was raised repeatedly in news reports, but she defeated Democrat Kevin de Leon by almost 10 points.
Wait, you mean we wouldn't be in this situation right now if Dianne hadn't run for re-election or if a bunch of reactionary (and some xenophobic) jerks (most not even in California -- meaning they couldn't vote in the race) hadn't attacked Kevin Leon? We supported Kevin here. We pointed out Dianne had already lost her grip on reality and that either she would be 91 at the end of her term or leave office early -- possibly due to death.
I didn't want Dianne in the Senate to begin with. So don't come crying to me over the mess you made on the carpet. This was all seeable if you only opened your damn eyes. Rebecca noted in her January 12, 2006 piece on the Alito hearing (which NYT linked to and remains one of her most popular posts) "alito hearings: like really bad sex:"
diane feinstein, to name 1 of the worst offenders, could shoot
scattershot (although she acted as though she were tossing out lillies
throughout the hearings) in the other days but on the final day, she
didn't need to be bringing up new issues. this is where you make the
case to the people.
not where you suddenly introduce a new topic.
and for some 1 who interrupted ted kennedy repeatedly the day prior as he asked about caps, wasn't it strange that she didn't have a question on that? when kennedy was speaking yesterday, she couldn't stop interrupting. today? she's moved on.
miss diane gets my vote for most useless and i'm not fan of kohl. but miss diane was supposed to be fighting for women and instead we got a timid school marm trying to get the rowdy class to like her.
it's not just her. that's a point c.i. made tonight in the roundtable. c.i. pointed out that arlen specter couldn't stop treating her like she was a 'special' and not a real senator. he referred to her 'dramatic entrance.' there was another specific example c.i. brought up but i'm forgetting it now. but the point is, she is treated that way by others on the committee.
as an adult, she should ask them to cut it out. instead she seems tickled by the patronizing attitude.
i'm looking for the non-action figure miss diane. she comes non-fully poseable. she's in a seated postion. you can extend her legs or bend them depending upon whether you want her to sit in a chair or to sit on the floor. she wears a lovely dress with several layers. she comes with white gloves and the cutest little purse that matches her hat, her belt and her shoes. the non-action figure has a silly grin pasted on its face and is called 'miss diane, girl senator.'
the tea set is purchased separately.
Miss Dianne, Girl Senator. And Ted was furious about Dianne interrupting in the middle of his questioning, his time that he was using to build to a point that feckless Dianne destroyed. That was 2006 and Ted wasn't hiding how he felt, I was in a room with seven other people after that day's hearing where Ted unloaded on how incompetent Dianne was in that hearing.
So you cheered on a woman who, when functioning, was an imbecile and now she's way too old and way too incompetent and we need strength so suddenly you're concerned?
Or as they say in DEATH BECOMES HER, "Now a warning?"
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