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Are we headed toward partisan control over Supreme Court appointments.

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    Assume the following, in 2020 Democrats keep the House, and win the White House, and Republicans keep the senate.

    Will Mitch McConnell refuse to allow any discussion on Supreme Court nominations while there is a Democratic president? Not just during an election year, but the entire term; 1-8 years. There is no law preventing the leader of Senate from indefinitely blocking an Supreme Court nomination, he could, in theory block it for as long as he is leader of the Senate.

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    Republicans have a big agenda, and I wouldn't be surprised if McConnell (turtleface) obstructs anything democrats attempt to accomplish for the good of the country. Unless of course turtleface is voted out, which might be possible because from what I have heard, people (voters) are pretty tired of his bullshit.

    "at The Hill that “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) approval rating is underwater in Kentucky ahead of his reelection race next year, according to a new Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey released Thursday.” Further,

    About 33 percent of registered Kentucky voters polled approve of the job McConnell is doing, while 56 percent disapprove and 11 percent are unsure. Additionally, 32 percent think McConnell “deserves to be reelected,” and 61 percent think it’s “time for someone new.”

    thedemocraticstrategist.org/2019/03/can...

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    The topic is about indefinitely obstructing Supreme Court nomination as long as oppsing party has control of the White House.

    At the moment there no law in place that requires any Supreme Court nomination to be voted on by the Senate. If the speaker of Senate refuses to have hearings or a senate vote, the speaker can block the nomination indefinitely (years). If voters approve of obstructionism as good policy, then only the controlling party gets to nominate and approve LIFETIME Supreme Court justices.

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    ah, well, you did MENTION McConnell. Since he is a leader, he can obstruct any hearings for a SCOTUS nominee, especially if it's one appointed by a democrat president, but you went hypothetical, we ain't even close yet. duh.
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    All of this shows how screwed up this country is. First of all Supreme Court members should get no more than 4 year appointments; never a "'lifetime". Nuts for sure. Also people like McConnell never should be able to be appointed from an idiot State like Kentucky to such position; which is partly due to the stupid"electoral college" system.

    Thus people don't complain about getting idiots in those positions as well an idiot President, as long as people don't demand to change the "system". If nothing is done; then as usual it is an"self inflicted wound" as so many things here.

    Until now no one is doing anything in that respect about the crazy election system, nominating people first and then may be "vet" them (the wrong way) or not at all. Everything thing is done backwards or after the fact.

    Any future President is now allowed to behave the same as Trump and McConnell. If that is what we want you have my blessing. Only Warren said only one time; get rid of the "electoral college" ; none of the other candidates.

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    The MOST IMPORTANT RACE in November of 2020 is the Kentucky senate race.

    McConnell has been elected to he Senate 6 times. In 1984, he actually got less than 50% of the vote, but still managed to get a higher percentage than his Democratic opponent. Since then, he's expanded his victory margin, and peaked at 64.7% in 2002.

    As Dockadams mentioned above, Mitch is not very popular in Kentucky. However, he still has a razor-thin margin over a generic Democratic opponent.

    The "Ditch Mitch" campaign appears to be strong. In addition, the fact that McConnell is linked to Russian mob money (via the new aluminum plant) and his wife's "assistance" to her dad's company as a result of her role as Transportation Secretary might be enough to cause his defeat.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitch_McConnell

    McConnell is the third least popular senator in the entire country:

    https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/431002-poll-33-of-kentucky-voters-approve-of-mcconnell

    I seriously doubt that Trump will get re-elected. Even if he does, though, he won't be able to do anywhere near as much damage if McConnell is no longer in office. Even if the Republicans manage to keep the Senate, it's impossible to imagine ANY Republican who would be worse than McConnell.

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    Those who disapprove of McConnell are probably like the ones in Wisconsin, when Wisconsinites tried to a do-over (recall) with Governor Walker, it failed. To me that meant that people who didn't like him didn't get out to vote for the democrat, and it seemingly empowered republican voters to come out in droves to make sure Walker won the recall. Also what didn't help was the Koch Bros. spent millions of $$$$making sure Walker would remain the incumbent.

    "The 2012 Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election was a special election to elect the governor and lieutenant governor of Wisconsin. It resulted in voters re-electing incumbent Republican governor Scott Walker over the Democratic candidate Tom Barrett by a larger margin than he had in 2010, in which Walker had also faced Barrett. Recall organizers opposed Walker's agenda, particularly his limiting of collective bargaining rights for state employees[1] and they collected over 900,000 signatures to initiate the recall election process.[1] There was also a recall for Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch. She won her race, defeating Democrat Mahlon Mitchell, making her the first lieutenant governor to run in and survive a recall." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wisconsin_guberna...

    Those people or eligible voters had better get out to vote for someone else if the dislike McConnell, otherwise they'll be stuck with him.

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    Here are some additional comments about McConnell:

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    In addition to the Russian mob money for the aluminum plant in Kentucky, McConnell and his wife are embroiled in yet another scandal. In her position as Secretary of Transportation, she steered $78 million for her husband’s favorite projects in his state.

    Walter Shaub, former director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, has denounced the arrangement as wildly inappropriate. “We are now a full-fledged banana republic,” Shaub posted on Twitter. “We have nothing to teach the rest of the world except what not to be.”

    On top of that, his wife had planned a visit to Beijing in 2017 "on government business", but wanted to invite members of her father's shipping business to attend the meetings.

    Legal experts suggest that if McConnell loses his reelection bid in 2020, he may face a referral for criminal prosecution.

    https://politicaldig.com/mitch-mcconnell-and-his-wife-in-hot-water-after-78m-scandal-surfaces-could-they-face-criminal-charges/

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    that guy in AZ Wrote:

    Here are some additional comments about McConnell:

    Forums > All Threads > Are we headed toward partisan control over Supreme Court appointments.">http://Home > Forums > All Threads > Are we headed toward partisan control over Supreme Court appointments.

    In addition to the Russian mob money for the aluminum plant in Kentucky, McConnell and his wife are embroiled in yet another scandal. In her position as Secretary of Transportation, she steered $78 million for her husband’s favorite projects in his state.

    Walter Shaub, former director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, has denounced the arrangement as wildly inappropriate. “We are now a full-fledged banana republic,” Shaub posted on Twitter. “We have nothing to teach the rest of the world except what not to be.”

    On top of that, his wife had planned a visit to Beijing in 2017 "on government business", but wanted to invite members of her father's shipping business to attend the meetings.

    Legal experts suggest that if McConnell loses his reelection bid in 2020, he may face a referral for criminal prosecution.

    https://politicaldig.com/mitch-mcconnell-and-his-wife-in-hot-water-after-78m-scandal-surfaces-could-they-face-criminal-charges/

    Yes, how often have I said the same: BANANA REPUBLIC in its worst form. But yeah it will even get worse, because no one stops it.
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    If only democrats could gain control of the senate too in 2020.
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    Dockadams Wrote: If only democrats could gain control of the senate too in 2020.

    Yes, that would be the ideal.

    What If win Democrats win White House and keep the House, but do not gain control of the Senate? One person, Mitch McConnell, can block all Supreme Court nominations for as long as he Senate majority leader. In theory, he could block until there Republican president again; 4 years? 8 years? Its unlikely he would block for the entire length of Democratic presidency, but it would be a huge bargaining chip (hostage) to get democrats to concede on many other issues just to get him to allow a Supreme Court nomination to go through. Would they give up ObamaCare in trade for a Supreme Court appointment?

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    And no one wakes up about that the "system" allows the types of McConnell to exist. It never should be possible in any "normal" government that just "one" person can "obstruct" everything as well can force "nominations" for the Supreme Court.

    But yeah here they still live with 1800's laws and rules which don't work. No one took the effort in 300 years time to adapt and improve our base laws, because a zillion "lawyers" prevented such. No wonder that "corruption" blooms even from the top down. Yes that is how "banana republics" are created. Amen