Please. Practically every time I criticize Trump or the Alt. Reich, you come crawling out to defend them. A week or so ago, you were literally defending concentration camps for children. Everyone knows which side you're on. In any case, my objection is quite clear: Trump is an aspiring strong man who will likely try to appoint a Justice (for life) who will back his policies and be personally loyal to him. The stakes are too high to concede this fight from the start, based on an assumption that fighting will motivate Republicans more than Democrats.Patroklos wrote: ↑2018-06-28 01:40pmThe advice is neutral and I note you had no actual objection to it, but your quote above perfectly encapsulates why you and your allies have no hope of accessing power anytime soon. Namely, your inability to assess things not fed to you from an agreeable mouthpiece sourced from your bubble because you see nothing but "enemies" around you.The Romulan Republic wrote: ↑2018-06-28 12:42pmWith all due respect, its pretty clear which horse you back in American politics, and I'm not inclined to take strategy advice from the enemy, especially when that advice is "Give us a huge win without contest right before the election, otherwise we'll win!"Patroklos wrote: ↑2018-06-28 02:00amThe polls show there is nothing you can do to galvanize Republican voter participation than court nomination issues, the effect is not nearly as notable for Dem voters. If the Dems succeed and leave this nomination hanging out there through November they are just shooting themselves in the foot. The Senate is already a long shot for them, leaving this hanging is slamming the door.
This same calculus was surely a close second consideration for McConnell during the Scalia vacancy.
You also fall back on the usual stereotypes by asserting that I get my news only from sources inside my "bubble". My positions are not founded simply on ignorance of what the other side has to say. I have seen what the other side has to say. I have evaluated it. And I have found it intellectually and morally wanting.
Again, I question the wisdom of taking strategy advice from our opponents.You have zero hope of stalling the nomination anyway, doing so erases any chance you have at getting a Senate win which is the only way you can hope to stall the next one or maybe two Supreme Court vacancies for a potential post Presidential election fill, and if you bet and lose (the Senate stays R) Trump gets to pursue all of these vacancies with no interference.
You should really learn how to examine things dispassionately.
For the record, I am an active volunteer with Democrats Abroad, and donate to the Democrats to the extent that my limited finances permit me to. Something which I have stated before on this forum.Additionally, why does an octogenarian have to work himself to death when you, someone who believes literal 1940s equivalent Nazis are goosestepping the streets en masse, sit on your ass doing nothing but rave on internet boards?
I would also like to ask the mods whether it is considered permissible on this board for posters to make assertions about my behavior in real life of which they have no knowledge, and then attack me based on those claims. I would also like to ask whether I will be subject to disciplinary action if I respond in kind (say, for example, by posting a description of Patroklos attending a Trump rally).
If they had stepped down under Obama, McConnel would have postponed their replacements until after Trump was elected, and we would currently have a court utterly dominated by the far Right.I know we like to lionize these people but when you are still on the court at 80 I see power clinging arrogance, not dutiful public servants. I know a lot of you really like RGB, but is it more important to have her specifically on the court than a 40 year younger version of her nominated by Obama when he had the Senate? If she was really down for the cause and the long term preservation of her legacy as it stands, was sticking around a smart/selfless move? These people are playing by nobodies rules but their own.
Its easy to say "they should step down" when the consequence is handing your side unchecked power.