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Antonin Scalia Dead

CONSERVATIVE ICON PASSES … BARACK OBAMA TO APPOINT SUCCESSOR (IF HE CAN) National elections are ten months away, but a major power shift is coming to Washington, D.C. long before then … Antonin Scalia, a conservative icon and the anchor of the right on the U.S. Supreme Court, is dead….

CONSERVATIVE ICON PASSES … BARACK OBAMA TO APPOINT SUCCESSOR (IF HE CAN)

National elections are ten months away, but a major power shift is coming to Washington, D.C. long before then …

Antonin Scalia, a conservative icon and the anchor of the right on the U.S. Supreme Court, is dead.

The 79-year-old Associate Justice was discovered “unresponsive” on Saturday morning after apparently dying during his sleep at a ranch in West Texas.  He had arrived at the ranch the previous evening for a private gathering – reportedly telling his friends he wasn’t feeling well, according to CNN.

Nominated to the bench by Ronald Reagan in 1986, Scalia filled the seat vacated by William Rehnquist – whom Reagan elevated to Chief Justice upon the retirement of Warren Burger.  As such, he was the longest-serving member of the court in addition to being its most conservative member.

Texas governor Greg Abbott called Scalia “an unwavering defender of our written Constitution.”

“He was the solid rock who turned away so many attempts to depart from and distort the Constitution,” Abbott said. “We mourn his passing, and we pray that his successor on the Supreme Court will take his place as a champion for the written Constitution and the rule of law.”

Abbott and others can pray all they want, but there is zero chance of that happening given that U.S. president Barack Obama will be the one making the appointment.

Obama has zero respect for the rule of law – and sadly, “Republicans” in Congress (and some on the Supreme Court) have been content to let him ride roughshod over it.

A dark day, indeed …

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198 comments

idcydm February 13, 2016 at 7:34 pm

Content matters.

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stumpknocker February 13, 2016 at 7:39 pm

i never liked the direction he took the court, felt like the dynamic duo scalia and thomas were a rubber stampS for conservative agendas, but Ruth Bader Ginsburg and he were very close friends so i recon he must have been a descent man. may his children and 28 grand children find peace for their sorrow. RIP ANTON SCALIA.

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idcydm February 13, 2016 at 7:44 pm

And his very close friend was a rubber stamp for liberal agendas.

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stumpknocker February 13, 2016 at 7:50 pm

we will have to go there another day, unless somebody decides to get really tacky, probably a liberal, i’ve said all i want to say on the subject.

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idcydm February 13, 2016 at 7:58 pm

I respect that.

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erneba February 13, 2016 at 8:19 pm

Sotomayor and Kagan did not pass a on a liberal opportunity.

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Flip February 15, 2016 at 8:35 am

Never wished death on anyone. Agree or disagree but no matter how much you dislike someone there are friends and loved ones that will be hurt to see them go.

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tomstickler February 13, 2016 at 7:50 pm

Time to stop the nonsense that it doesn’t matter who is in the White House.

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Mike at the Beach February 14, 2016 at 12:36 am

Agreed. People who understand our system of government likewise understand that the nomination of Supreme Court Justices is one of the most far-reaching and longstanding influences of the Presidents we elect.

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RogueElephant February 14, 2016 at 8:28 am

Agreed. The “justices” appointed by Obummer are just what the country dose not need. The SCOTUS should be the last stop in up holding the constitution to the letter. Anything less and we get the politically correct mess we have now. This one appointment could end the bill of rights as we know it with a few rulings and they would never be brought back. The real Obummer legacy could be just that.

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CorruptionInColumbia February 14, 2016 at 1:12 pm

Not only that Rogue, but can you imagine if he appoints one of his own and we wind up with a muzzie (or two, maybe more).
“Hello Sharia law!!!!”

With spineless, gutless, nutless, wonders like Roberts, plus the appointments 0bama has already made, I’d be investing in burqua manufacturing operations, among other things.

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Ian Paisley February 14, 2016 at 2:20 pm

At least can we agree on no more Catholics?

Rocky Verdad February 14, 2016 at 3:23 pm

I don’t agree.

guest February 14, 2016 at 3:24 pm

upvote X one hundred million.

Rocky Verdad February 14, 2016 at 3:24 pm

Catholics rock!!!!

socrates February 14, 2016 at 2:32 pm

indeed…

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9" February 14, 2016 at 5:14 pm

That’s true,and is why Obama will be remembered as a great president,no matter your politics.

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HD February 13, 2016 at 8:02 pm

The Senate won’t confirm a replacement before next year.

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idcydm February 13, 2016 at 8:32 pm

The Senate is in recess, will or will there not be an appointment?

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HD February 13, 2016 at 8:39 pm

Can’t do a recess appointment to the Supreme Court. The President will nominate someone, just to put political pressure on the Republicans. He knows it’ll never get done before next year.

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idcydm February 13, 2016 at 8:48 pm

But the President can, Eisenhower did three times but it still has to be confirmed.

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HD February 14, 2016 at 9:39 am

It does seem that I was wrong about that. It hasn’t happened in 50 years. Though theoretically possible, I don’t expect it to happen now. The Senate will come under enormous pressure to act, but I don’t think it will.

idcydm February 14, 2016 at 10:40 am

It’s a two way street. I don’t believe the President will put forth a consensus nominee, I agree the Senate will not confirm. As to who will win in this political football game, we will find out in November. Therein lies the problem, both parties will try to use it to their advantage while most of the voting populist can’t name the Chief Justice.

Rocky Verdad February 14, 2016 at 3:24 pm

ANd Obama will do the same. But McConnell et al will cave and approvce the moderate African-American judge that Obama nominates.

idcydm February 14, 2016 at 4:10 pm

“ANd Obama will do the same.”…do the same what?

Just obstruction... February 14, 2016 at 7:30 am

Have the current group of Republicans in Congress accomplished anything on their own?

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Scooter February 14, 2016 at 11:34 am

That sorry bunch will capitulate as usual.

Scooter February 14, 2016 at 11:33 am

They need to stonewall it. Graham and old man John will probably cave like they did with Soto.

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CorruptionInColumbia February 14, 2016 at 1:13 pm

They cave on everything.

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Rocky Verdad February 14, 2016 at 3:23 pm

They’ll all cave by end of February. Now move on.

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CorruptionInColumbia February 14, 2016 at 1:13 pm

Let us hope!

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antonin scalia February 13, 2016 at 8:03 pm

boy oh boy obamas getting a muslim hardon for little boys on this one.

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pogo February 14, 2016 at 7:34 am

Me too!

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Flip February 15, 2016 at 8:59 am

LMAO!!!!!

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antonin scalia February 13, 2016 at 8:07 pm

He was a great scj. he had lots of neckfat though. I guess all that red wine couldnt cut those bad lipids. Wrote excellent dissenting opines

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Clarence Thomas February 14, 2016 at 7:31 am

He did?

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erneba February 13, 2016 at 8:14 pm

McConnell put out his opinion on the situation. I wonder if he will stick to his guns.
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CbIYaMiW4AIU4ZB.jpg
Current Justices Kagan and Sotomayor were appointed by Obama.

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idcydm February 13, 2016 at 8:20 pm

Wonder if someone will get Borked.

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erneba February 13, 2016 at 8:22 pm

I think payback should be put in for consideration.

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Bible Thumper February 13, 2016 at 8:46 pm

McConnell better be careful what he wishes for. If Clinton is elected Obama has the resume.

Obama taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School for twelve years, as a Lecturer for four years (1992–1996), and as a Senior Lecturer for eight years (1996–2004).[70] During this time he taught courses in due process and equal protection, voting rights, and racism and law. He published no legal scholarship, and turned down tenured positions, but served eight years in the Illinois Senate during his twelve years at the university.[71]

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Yelsewh February 13, 2016 at 8:52 pm

Hahahahahahahaha!…. Oh wait, were you serious?

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Bible Thumper February 13, 2016 at 8:53 pm

I wish I weren’t.

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Yelsewh February 14, 2016 at 3:22 am

I don’t think that you understand what qualifies a person to be a supreme court justice. Obama’s resume is comically thin for that role.

RogueElephant February 14, 2016 at 8:20 am

His resume was “comically thin” for being Pres. also. But —-.

Tom February 14, 2016 at 3:35 pm

Almost as thin as most of the Republicans running now.

erneba February 14, 2016 at 12:10 pm

Yes, he would, because he is totally unqualified.

Tazmaniac February 13, 2016 at 9:00 pm

He wouldn’t ever settle for a position that requires that amount of effort for so little reward and spotlight. The Bamster is way more likely to want to head up the UN. It has the power and corruption he needs, global Chicago.

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Bible Thumper February 13, 2016 at 9:10 pm

SCOTUS is only as much work as you decide to put into it.Obama might not want to deal with all the problems he failed to solve while President by serving in the UN.

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nitrat February 13, 2016 at 9:54 pm

Are you guys so far into the ‘conservative’ media cocoon that you don’t know someone suggested to Clinton that she nominate Obama if she’s elected?
And, that Obama has been asked and said he’s not interested in scOTUS?

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a face in the crowd February 13, 2016 at 9:54 pm

McConnell has hit a new low for the Republican party. Not only did he show no regard for the family in immediately politicizing the situation, he also showed complete disregard for the obligations of the president under the constitution that Republicans use when convenient. Repugnant.

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Dick C Normis February 14, 2016 at 9:02 pm

He has given turtles everywhere a bad name.

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idcydm February 15, 2016 at 7:51 am

Yep, he and Chuckie Schumer, birds of a feather.

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Hypocrites February 14, 2016 at 8:32 am

The guns where he voted to confirm Justice Kennedy during Reagan’s last year in office…while Dems controlled Congress? Sure he will!

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Derp February 14, 2016 at 11:08 am

McConnell voted to confirm Justice Kennedy during Reagan’s last year in office.
What guns?

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idcydm February 14, 2016 at 12:17 pm

97-0

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Flip February 15, 2016 at 8:24 am

Yes because Democrats aren’t obstructionist assholes.

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idcydm February 15, 2016 at 8:28 am

Really, and the two nominees before Kennedy?

RealityBites February 14, 2016 at 7:24 pm

GOP is screwed if Hillary is elected and we get a liberal appointee. Even if we get a GOP President, which I doubt, a fifth liberal of the Sup Court will destroy the conservative agenda. I cannot wait !

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Send um all packing February 13, 2016 at 8:46 pm

If the DAMN RHINOS cave to Obama, Reid and the liberals on this and allow a replacement before the next election, they should be run from the Country on a rail, tarred and feathered!!! Then Keel Hauled!!!!

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nitrat February 13, 2016 at 9:51 pm

So, a presidential term is 3 years and not 4?

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Victorious Secret February 14, 2016 at 12:48 pm

Huh?

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Bonnie February 14, 2016 at 1:32 pm

“nitrat”? Oh, low education spelling error! Nitwit, I got it! There fixed it for you.
NITWIT! Makes sense now! NITWIT!

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Tazmaniac February 13, 2016 at 8:52 pm

RIP to the brilliant and faithful defender of our founding document. We are in dire need of other like him to stand on the wall in the fight to keep our identity as a Nation. That he was the son of immigrants should be inspiration to us all.

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Diogenes February 14, 2016 at 9:48 am

I am pleased that you believe that because “he was the son of immigrants”, he was an “inspiration to us all.” Barack Obama’s father was an immigrant from Kenya, as I’m sure you are aware.

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Tazmaniac February 14, 2016 at 10:21 am

Don’t be too pleased because there is zero comparison. Obama’s father was a foreign student who knocked up the local, you get the picture. Scalia’s father raised his son he had instead of running off for more women and letting the boy’s grandparents do the job. Scalia and his family were proud Americans who adapted to and followed American laws. We also know everything about him because all of his records are available. My point of the immigration statement was he and his famly’s assimilation and devotion to the US.

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Diogenes February 14, 2016 at 10:33 am

So a person who comes to America from a foreign country, or “immigrates” is not truly an “immigrant, in your distorted view,
Tell me, would you consider Bernie Sanders, whose Jewish parents came here from Poland to seek a better life, the son of true “immigrants”?

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Tazmaniac February 14, 2016 at 10:50 am

A irresponsible bigamist asshole on a student visa who leaves 3 kids unsupported and goes back to Kenya to be a disgrace there wouldn’t make a pimple on Scalia’s ass.

pogo February 14, 2016 at 11:07 am

Taz is one confused goober.

CorruptionInColumbia February 14, 2016 at 1:34 pm

Actually, he sounds like a man with clear vision and understanding.

Alex Jones February 14, 2016 at 6:24 pm

Coming from a Sandy Hook hoaxer, that means less than nothing.

enpassant February 14, 2016 at 2:43 pm

Scalia son is not a President of anything.

Dick C Normis February 14, 2016 at 9:01 pm

Ted Cruz?
Rubio’s parents?

Diogenes February 14, 2016 at 1:06 pm

By the way, would another one of your other right-wing heroes, Ted Cruz, be considered the son of immigrants and thus an “inspiration,” although he was born in Canada and was also a Canadian citizen until last year?

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Tazmaniac February 14, 2016 at 1:25 pm

Nice ASSumption, I can’t decide if you are a masochist or comedian. You have only tried to puff up (insert your favorite liberal loser here) or assail (insert R presidential candidate here) while staying away from SCALIA, remember the poor guy that just died, the actual topic?

Flip February 15, 2016 at 8:20 am

“Obama’s father was a foreign student who knocked up the local”

You say that as if it is Obama’s fault. Obama came from humble beginnings, your comment only reinforces that fact.

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Yelsewh February 14, 2016 at 2:27 pm

BHOs father was a foreign student, not an immigrant.

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a face in the crowd February 14, 2016 at 1:27 pm

And what would the faithful defender of the constitution have to say about McConnell attempting to subvert the founding document, in Scalia’s name no less?

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idcydm February 14, 2016 at 1:29 pm

We will never know other than he didn’t want Obama replacing him.

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a face in the crowd February 14, 2016 at 1:33 pm

thus subverting the constitution. Thank you.

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idcydm February 14, 2016 at 1:38 pm

Not at all, because in the interview he didn’t say he shouldn’t.

Besides that, saying Scalia wants the Constitution subverted is akin to saying Obama hasn’t.

a face in the crowd February 14, 2016 at 1:43 pm

Another idiotic, nonsensical response.

idcydm February 14, 2016 at 1:46 pm

Weak.

enpassant February 14, 2016 at 2:41 pm

That’s why Obama had to take him out.

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Torch February 14, 2016 at 4:05 pm

Spock took him out.

CorruptionInColumbia February 14, 2016 at 4:30 pm

A lot of people are wondering about that. At his age, few will question the plausibility of Justice Scalia having a heart attack. It is interesting that our government has had the technology to covertly induce heart attacks for some time.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Uwy56QTV4cs

Alex Jones February 14, 2016 at 6:23 pm

LoL
Conspiratards are funny.

autofill February 14, 2016 at 8:49 pm

Also see-Sandy Hook didn’t happen

Flip February 15, 2016 at 8:19 am

And jet fuel can’t melt steel beams too! LMAO!!!

CorruptionInColumbia February 14, 2016 at 10:52 pm

Just be because you are blind, it doesn’t mean it’s not so.

Flip February 15, 2016 at 8:18 am

He was 79 years old and fat and his family said he had chronic health problems. You have got to be kidding me.

His own family are the ones that refused the autopsy by the way.

CorruptionInColumbia February 15, 2016 at 8:44 am

I’m not saying he was taken out but I am saying that if you wanted to get rid of an obstacle to some of your pet agendas and he was up in age, with attendant health problems as Justice Scalia had, you could have the touch made and few would question it. You bolster my point.

Flip February 15, 2016 at 8:49 am

There is no foul play here. His family rejected an autopsy so clearly they don’t think there is foul play either.

You have no evidence that he was assassinated but that isn’t going to stop you from acting like that is probably what happened. That is by definition a conspiracy theory. Your right to believe in it but that’s a bridge too far for a reasoned and rational mind to follow.

CorruptionInColumbia February 15, 2016 at 9:14 am

Where did I say he was assassinated? Please tell me. I merely noted that it is within the realm of possibility, which it is, given the dirty shit our government is capable of doing and has done in the past. I am not saying he was or was not taken out, but I will not deny the possibility that he was.

tomstickler February 15, 2016 at 2:10 pm

To be fair to CinC, the US Marshall’s service team brought in a local Justice of the Peace and told her that there was no evidence of foul play. The JofP did not even view the body, but declared a natural death and did not order an autopsy, which is legal in crazy-ass Texas. The family did not refuse an autopsy, rather, they did not demand one.

In such fertile soil, it is little wonder that conspiracies sprout.

BTW, FITSNews, stop the damn jumping to a different thread while I am in the middle of a post, dammit!!!!!!!!!!

CorruptionInColumbia February 15, 2016 at 4:15 pm

Thank you, Tom!

Tazmaniac February 14, 2016 at 1:32 pm

Not sure. Maybe someone classy like Rachel Madow will interview him at the funeral home.

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Yelsewh February 14, 2016 at 2:26 pm

In what way does it subvert the Constitution to run out the clock on Obama’s presidency?

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a face in the crowd February 14, 2016 at 3:36 pm

It subverts the constitution because the current president, who has nearly a year left to serve, has the duty to nominate Supreme Court justices. The Supreme Court begins a new session in October.

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Yelsewh February 14, 2016 at 4:17 pm

And BHO should appoint a new justice… and the Senate should refuse to confirm his nominee. Simple.

Rocky Verdad February 15, 2016 at 7:34 am

And then, when the Dems gain the Senate back, if Trump wins (giggle, giggle) they should refuse to confirm any nominee not because Trump’s a lame duck, but because he’s a lame dick.

Flip February 15, 2016 at 8:16 am

Hey it isn’t supposed to work like that Rocky! Running out the clock on a presidency is only good when Republicans do it! LMAO!!!

idcydm February 15, 2016 at 9:15 am

The Democrats did it ask Chuck Schumer.

Flip February 15, 2016 at 9:18 am

Democrats didn’t do it, Chuck never managed to stop nominations before he came out saying that. He was wrong for having such a disgusting thought, and Republicans made an outcry too.

“a tremendous disrespect for the Constitution”

“blind obstructionism.”

idcydm February 15, 2016 at 9:30 am

“Running out the clock on a presidency is only good when Republicans do it! LMAO!!!”

Too bad you had to be called out, to admit that party tactics are the same for both Democrats and Republicans.

Flip February 15, 2016 at 9:41 am

I was making fun of how Republicans have no problem with obstruction as long as they are the only ones doing it. How many people here are suggesting the same thing Schumer did? They are no better than Schumer or McConnell.

We the People elect the President and the President nominates justices. Senate’s job is to confirm them. They should confirm based upon the merits of the nominee, not because they dislike who nominated them, not because it helps their party to reject them. I am against people playing politics for issues like these. These are clear cut powers in our Constitution and we need D.C. to stop playing their stupid games with constitutional powers.

It was wrong when Schumer said it. It was wrong when McConnell and the GOP candidates said it. It will be wrong for people in the future to say it. If that is their mentality then they don’t belong in D.C. That mentality poisons the well for the American people.

idcydm February 15, 2016 at 12:47 pm

Well aren’t you #LoveWins…very loving avatar.

Keep making fun of those Republicans while you say nothing to hypocritical Democrats.

Flip February 15, 2016 at 3:08 pm

I already said Chuck Schumer was wrong for when he did it. Did you not read that part?

Supreme Court nominations should not be gamed for political points, I don’t care who scores the points, that is the kind of stuff that makes people hate DC anyways.

idcydm February 15, 2016 at 4:08 pm

It’s always been gamed, even Washington didn’t always get what he wanted.

Flip February 15, 2016 at 9:13 am

You are telling them to refuse the nominee without even hearing who it is? Wow that sure is what the founding fathers had in mind when drafting the Constitution!

idcydm February 15, 2016 at 9:14 am

Chuck Schumer.

Flip February 15, 2016 at 9:16 am

Schumer is just as wrong as McConnell then. I couldn’t help but laugh when I read this though: http://dailycaller.com/2016/02/14/flashback-in-2007-schumer-called-for-blocking-all-bush-supreme-court-nominations/

Bush’s Press Secretary Dana Perino argued at the time that Schumer’s statements showed “a tremendous disrespect for the Constitution” and amounted to “blind obstructionism.”

I agree with Perino.

Yelsewh February 15, 2016 at 9:25 am

Separation of powers, bruh.

9" February 14, 2016 at 4:33 pm Reply
Dick C Normis February 14, 2016 at 8:56 pm

Yes, I was sad too when Ted Kennedy passed away.

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idcydm February 14, 2016 at 9:49 pm

How many days sober is Ted now, gotta be over nineteen hundred.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein February 13, 2016 at 11:11 pm

Far and away the best and brightest SCOTUS Justice in TBG’s 50 years.

Requiescat in Pace, noble defender of our Constitution.

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Bible Thumper February 13, 2016 at 11:19 pm

Maaan! The Charlotte Observer was really harsh on Nikki Haley.
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article60145471.html

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Saul February 14, 2016 at 5:16 am

“It took a tragedy for her (Haley) to find her moral compass and work to bring the flag down,”

Truer words have never been printed.

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Bible Thumper February 14, 2016 at 6:30 am

She took down the Confederate battle flag, which required legislation, at the first opportunity that there was for success. It is not unique to this issue that reforms require a tragedy before action is taken. She took a risk by taking the flag down. Two governors lost reelection over their efforts to remove or move the Condederate flag.

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Bill February 14, 2016 at 3:41 pm

Or someone with a principal’s. As for leaders, I would never use that adjective to describe Haley.

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Saul February 14, 2016 at 7:37 pm

Imo Haley is a political opportunist of the worst sort

http://www.salon.com/2014/10/15/nikki_haley_its_ok_to_have_the_confederate_flag_at_the_statehouse_because_not_a_single_ceo_has_complained/

That article was less than 6 months before Charleston

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Bible Thumper February 14, 2016 at 7:41 pm

Opportunist is a good thing. All those others who wanted to take the flag down were failures. Haley succeeded.

Saul February 15, 2016 at 6:07 am

In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.

Theodore Roosevelt

The great leaders of time eternal never cowered in the face of overwhelming odds.

By you own words she gave up before she ever fought and cared more for her political future than doing the right thing. Tells me everything I need to know about her…and you.

Bible Thumper February 15, 2016 at 6:19 am

You know that TR”S later life was filled with disappointment and failure. The Bull Moose party never won, etc…

Saul February 15, 2016 at 7:36 am

A lifetime full of achievement and you call out his defeat 3 years before his death.

As far as the Bull Moose Party goes he was on the right side of history –

“It was popularly known as the “Bull Moose Party”, which got its name after Roosevelt told reporters, “I’m as fit as a bull moose”. At the convention Roosevelt cried out, “We stand at Armageddon and we battle for the Lord.” Roosevelt’s platform echoed his 1907–8 proposals, calling for vigorous government intervention to protect the people from the selfish interests;

To destroy this invisible Government, to dissolve the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day.This country belongs to the people. Its resources, its business, its laws, its institutions, should be utilized, maintained, or altered in whatever manner will best promote the general interest. This assertion is explicit… Mr. Wilson must know that every monopoly in the United States opposes the Progressive party… I challenge him… to name the monopoly that did support the Progressive party, whether… the Sugar Trust, the US Steel Trust, the Harvester Trust, the Standard Oil Trust, the Tobacco Trust, or any other… Ours was the only program to which they objected, and they supported either Mr. Wilson or Mr. Taft.”

At least he was not scared too take a position and fight for what he truly believed in.

Rocky Verdad February 15, 2016 at 7:41 am

Tom Davis, a real leader, took out that flag. Nikki showed up for the photo op.

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Bible Thumper February 15, 2016 at 8:27 am

Outside of Beaufort and fits, no one knows who Tom Davis is.

Flip February 15, 2016 at 9:01 am

As long as the flag is down I’m happy. She could have stood firm against taking it down. So many other governors and legislatures have…

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Buh bye February 13, 2016 at 11:22 pm

A dark day for you maybe.. Personally, this man served no purpose other to be an influence for the “token” Clarence Thomas. He has said and done some pretty disgusting things under the guise of “law”. Not shedding any tears for him.

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Flip February 15, 2016 at 8:58 am

Didn’t agree with him but that is no reason to wish him dead.

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Buh bye February 15, 2016 at 12:44 pm

Didn’t wish him dead. Not shedding tears over it. And dead or not his seat will be replaced which is most important

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euwe max February 13, 2016 at 11:31 pm

[Peter] Smith was working as a freelance photographer for the Boston archdiocese’s weekly newspaper at a special Mass for lawyers Sunday when a Herald reporter asked the justice how he responds to critics who might question his impartiality as a judge given his public worship.

“The judge paused for a second, then looked directly into my lens and said, ‘To my critics, I say, ‘Vaffanculo,’ ” punctuating the comment by flicking his right hand out from under his chin, Smith said.

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a fitting salute to the end of the reign of a bigoted idiot.

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Mike at the Beach February 14, 2016 at 12:37 am

Wow, dude.

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Bob February 14, 2016 at 9:52 am

You are a fool.

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euwe max February 14, 2016 at 9:52 am

Doesn’t change anything.

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Tazmaniac February 14, 2016 at 12:30 pm

He is anything but a fool. Antagonist yes, fool no.

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tomstickler February 14, 2016 at 11:42 am Reply
Tazmaniac February 14, 2016 at 12:26 pm

Help us out here, a person held responsible for upholding the Constitution is not allowed freedom of religion or speech??? Do you hold all the justices to this standard or just those with whom you disagree?

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euwe max February 14, 2016 at 3:56 pm

Just sending him off to his great reward with a salute he’s given those with whom he disagrees.

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yuge February 14, 2016 at 2:34 am

maybe ruthie will keel over next year.

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Flip February 15, 2016 at 8:58 am

Disgusting.

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Otis February 14, 2016 at 9:47 am

I can just hear Lindsey Graham right now.

“It is the President duty to appoint and ours to confirm.”

Welcome to the Supreme Court, Laurence Tribe of Harvard. (add your favorite left wing lawyer here)

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tomstickler February 14, 2016 at 11:30 am

Except that Graham suggested Orrin Hatch.

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Scooter February 14, 2016 at 11:41 am

You nailed it. Light in the Loafers Lindsey has no backbone..

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Flip February 15, 2016 at 8:32 am

“It is the President duty to appoint and ours to confirm.”

At least someone can read the Constitution!

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idcydm February 15, 2016 at 8:48 am

Does the constitution say they must confirm?

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Flip February 15, 2016 at 8:53 am

The power to confirm was given to the Senate as a check to the Executive branch’s power, not as a way for one party to obstruct another for political gain. If the Senate rejects a nominee on the grounds that it is a bad nominee, that’s their job. If they are only rejecting nominees as a way of waiting out the clock then it is a disgusting move.

I adamantly am against Hillary but if Republicans block Obama I hope she wins just because Republicans will deserve a Clinton nominee at that point. I bet they will have serious regret then.

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idcydm February 15, 2016 at 9:06 am

“If the Senate rejects a nominee on the grounds that it is a bad nominee, that’s their job. If they are only rejecting nominees as a way of waiting out the clock then it is a disgusting move.” Two words, Chuck Schumer.

PayAttentionIdiots February 14, 2016 at 10:30 am

Plain message for intellectual midget Republicans… your god took scalia specifically when he did to give Obama a SCOTUS appointment. Get the message!?!?
(BTW, Trump spoke truth about GWBush and his lies. He was asleep at the switch for 9.11, deliberately destroyed the Middle Class, and lied through his teeth to get us into Endless War starting in Iraq. There is a God! Q E D.)

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Bible Thumper February 14, 2016 at 12:52 pm

1. The world is not some puppet show, where God pulls the strings for his own entertainment.
2. Many of the pieces of the puzzle of 9/11 were being put in place when Clinton was President, including visas, flight training ect. Clinton also responded weakly to the initial attacts.
— A. The first trade center bombing.
— B. The attacks on the two US embassies in Africa.
— C. The attack on the USS Cole.

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Flip February 15, 2016 at 8:45 am

Agree with #1! Scalia died because he was old and in bad health. I don’t believe in people getting “called home” as they call it. It is an insult to God’s plan to claim he has to decide when and where and how everything happens just to make it happen. Scalia passed away because he lived a long life and his health was deteriorating. It is sad but it happens to everyone lucky enough to live into their old age. Celebrate the fact that he had a long and accomplished life.

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FormerlyPartyOfLincoln February 14, 2016 at 1:05 pm

So, the GOP Senate decides not to consider Any Obama nominee because America doesn’t need a complete SCOTUS any more than it needs a Middle Class!?!? F U GOP Senators! I’ll damn sure vote Democratic now!!

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Flip February 15, 2016 at 8:42 am

Southern Strategy…

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don't b so stupid February 15, 2016 at 8:44 am

lol….Republicans will hold the line cause they know this will help them win seats in 2016.

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Quietus February 14, 2016 at 1:58 pm

The Senate is under no obligation to confirm any nominee. Remember Bork and then there is the issues that John Tyler had in the 1840s. Nothing new under the sun.

President John Tyler had a particularly difficult time filling vacancies. Smith Thompson died in office December 18, 1843. His replacement, Samuel Nelson, was in office starting February 14, 1845. That’s a vacancy of 424 days. Henry Baldwin died in office April 21, 1844. His replacement, Robert Cooper, was in office starting August 4, 1846. This vacancy lasted 835 days because Tyler could not get the Senate to work with him. During Tyler’s presidency, the Senate rejected nine separate Supreme Court nominations!

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Rocky Verdad February 14, 2016 at 3:25 pm

Bork was not nominated for a vacated seat. He was nominated to replace a retiring justice.

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judgejudy February 14, 2016 at 2:31 pm

Obama is such a chump that he will probably appoint judge equally as racist as Scalia.

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Flip February 15, 2016 at 8:59 am

He has tried to work with Republicans so many times before it wouldn’t surprise me to see him put up a conservative nominee, although I doubt they would be as conservative as Scalia at least.

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plato February 14, 2016 at 2:35 pm

Another Jewish Justice will follow just like the Federal Reserve Chairwoman. Obama is a flunky for the Khazarian Mafia.

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Flip February 15, 2016 at 8:57 am

Why does it matter if they are Jewish? We have plenty of Catholic justices as it is.

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nitrat February 15, 2016 at 9:01 am

Isn’t it true that there are no Protestants at all on that court? All the Christians are Catholics.
Really, that needs to change.

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plato February 15, 2016 at 7:37 pm

It matters because the Jews only constitute less than 2% of our population.

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enpassant February 14, 2016 at 2:40 pm

Assassination? The cause of death will be interesting.

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James February 14, 2016 at 3:23 pm

If anyone had a reason to assassinate it would be Cruz. Scalia was a strict constructionist, original intent advocate. It is clear the original drafters of the Constitution would have said Cruz was ineligible to be President because he was not born on American soil. If faced with the issue I believe Scalia would have ruled against Cruz.

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Soft Sigh from Hell February 14, 2016 at 5:24 pm

Cruz looks like he could fly to an upper story window at night in the form of a bat.

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Flip February 15, 2016 at 8:57 am

Not buying into these assassination myths but you are right about Cruz. How he did Ben Carson proves he has no moral compass. That man is psycho.

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nitrat February 15, 2016 at 8:58 am

Oh, no. Scalia’s strict constructionism – renamed to originalism to shake off its justifying slavery and Jim Crow connections – came and went based on what ideological or partisan agenda was involved.
Since Scalia and Cruz are both extreme Christianists, Scalia may well have voted for Grandpa Munster (as opposed to Eddie Munster aka Paul Ryan)/Joe McCarthy/the devil himself aka Ted Cruz.

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Bible Thumper February 14, 2016 at 4:05 pm

Fitsnews is usually giving Boeing the “WHAT FOR”. Why is he holding back now? Does anyone care to speculate? P&C has reported on it.
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/boeings-stock-plunge-is-of-historic-proportions-2016-02-11?mod=MW_story_recommended_default&Link=obnetwork

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The Dude February 15, 2016 at 6:11 am

Maybe he realizes for Haley worshipers such as yourself the truth is irrelevant.

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Here It Comes February 14, 2016 at 4:19 pm

Obama officials block autopsy of Scalia … Justice of the Peace declares natural causes without even seeing the body … Death Certificate says heart attack, but no autopsy performed … red flags going up … possible murder …. https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/938e2170-d332-11e5…

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Rocky Verdad February 15, 2016 at 7:40 am

Killed by El Chapo at Obama and Hillary-ous request, to keep him from spilling the beans about Bill Clinton’s tranny affair with Scalia’s brazilian tranny secretary.

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Flip February 15, 2016 at 8:41 am

“As official Washington tried to process what his demise means for politics and the law, some details of Scalia’s final hours remained opaque. As late as Sunday afternoon, for example, there were conflicting reports about whether an autopsy should have been performed. A manager at the El Paso funeral home where Scalia’s body was taken said that his family made it clear they did not want one.”

Maybe you should respect the family’s wishes?

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No Autopsy On Scalia February 14, 2016 at 4:29 pm

Potassium Chloride …. Calcium Gluconate ….. Air Embolism …… Ventricular Fibrillation …… methods of creating an undetectable heart attack.

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euwe max February 14, 2016 at 5:27 pm

Concrete shoes, cyanide, TNT

(Done dirt cheap)

Neck ties, contracts, high voltage!

(Done dirt cheap)

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Rocky Verdad February 15, 2016 at 7:39 am

She’s a whole lotta woman, a whole lotta woman, a whole lotta Rosie…….

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Dead Girl or Live Boy February 14, 2016 at 5:30 pm

Maybe there was scandal involved and they are just protecting the family.

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JB February 14, 2016 at 6:59 pm

Death truthers now? The crazy train never stops.

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Bible Thumper February 14, 2016 at 7:52 pm

It was in Texas. Definitely a Bush false flag event.

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Flip February 15, 2016 at 8:38 am

Guess we need to invade Iran now?

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Fits hired goon ya are February 15, 2016 at 8:42 am

Morning FitsNews.

Flip February 15, 2016 at 9:49 am

LMAO!!! Looks like someone woke up! Did df give you another handjob?

Flip February 15, 2016 at 8:37 am

No autopsy because his family refused one. I guess his loved ones are in on the conspiracy? You trolls are sad.

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nitrat February 15, 2016 at 8:47 am

Jesus God, the man would have turned 80 next month!!!

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mamatiger92 February 15, 2016 at 9:17 am

Your tinfoil hat is crooked, mate.

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MamasCollards February 14, 2016 at 7:21 pm

I will not miss him. He was a pure asshole, kissing up to the rich and wealthy. Good riddance, wop.

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Flip February 15, 2016 at 9:03 am

Hope no one says that about you when you pass away.

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Squishy123 February 15, 2016 at 9:18 am

I doubt he’ll care what you think.

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Dick C Normis February 14, 2016 at 8:59 pm

Obama should nominate Bill Ayers to the seat….just for fun.

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freud February 14, 2016 at 9:59 pm

He died with a pillow over his face. Interesting…sounds like a suffocation. I didn’t know he was gay. Obama had to get rid of him. He can appoint while the Senate is in recess.

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Flip February 15, 2016 at 8:14 am

President Obama needs to select a replacement nominee. Constitution-hating Republicans need to stop telling him to let the next president do it. They complained about him being weak, he needs to be a strong leader and nominate a new justice.

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don't b so stupid February 15, 2016 at 8:41 am

The American hating Muslim will select a nominee.It ain’t going nowhere.DOA!Trump,Rubio or Cruz will select 2 or 3 SCOTUS next term.Deal with it.

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Squishy123 February 15, 2016 at 9:18 am

He can nominate anyone he wants, but that person likely won’t get approved by the Senate until after the election. The Kenyan may just hold off until the election to see if Hillary has a chance, then she can name Obama to the Court. Afterall he did teach as an adjunct professor (and everyone knows adjunct professors are the substitute teachers of college) so he must be qualified. They’ll just have to install teleprompters in the building so he’ll know what to say.

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Flip February 15, 2016 at 9:47 am

Obama won’t be nominated to the court, just won’t happen. Obama would not get confirmed due to both partisanship and his lack of experience in the judicial branch. If Hillary nominates anyone it will probably be someone from court of appeals.

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Squishy123 February 15, 2016 at 9:20 am

If we have Obama selecting, do we really need another grotesque looking ultra-liberal woman on the bench?

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mamatiger92 February 15, 2016 at 1:05 pm

They should withhold approval so that President Trump can nominate one of his fellow reality TV buddies! I’m thinking Judge Judy.

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FollowTheMoney February 15, 2016 at 2:07 pm

This is All About Protecting Dark (Chinese, Koch Bros, etc.) Money in US elections. Scalia dies. Constitution says Omama appoints. GOP Senators say “Fuck you, Constitution, Fuck you Americans. It’ s Our Show or No Show”. Fall elections, GOP loses Senate. Dark money made light. Half-term, GOP loses House. Blue Dog Democrats represent “Conservatives” in Congress. We all live happily ever after.

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Dr. Kev COL(R) February 18, 2016 at 12:46 pm

Not even cold before Obama start spouting off about a replacement. Obama is the worst President ever.

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