Apr
28
2016
1

Merrick Garland nomination still stagnating.

The Washington Free Beacon puts it pretty succinctly: “Merrick Garland is no closer to confirmation as the next Supreme Court justice than he was at the beginning of April despite a sustained campaign by President Obama’s personal advocacy group financed by some of the country’s top Democratic donors.” Basically, if it hasn’t been made clear by now: if there’s going to be any movement on this nomination, it’s not going to come from the Democratic side. Particularly if it comes from Organizing for Action, which is apparently better at organizing than it is at action.

…I had more to add, but: suffice it to say that there is currently one person who I would trust to pick our next Supreme Court Justice, and that person is named ‘Ted Cruz.’ It’s in everybody’s best interest that Cruz be doing that pick. From the Oval Office.

Apr
05
2016
--

Today is Wisconsin Primary Day!

And, from what I’m hearing, the really interesting race is going to be their Supreme Court showdown. Rebecca Bradley vs. JoAnne Kloppenburg, and people may be up late for that one.  Seriously, this one is apparently promising to be close.

Mar
21
2016
12

My RedState post on Mitch McConnell and Merrick Garland.

Found here.  Short version: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell continues to refuse to cave on this nomination.  I’m actually having difficulty thinking of ways McConnell could improve on his current performance. I’d be amazed, but I’m too busy trying to figure out how to relaibly replicate the effect.

Mar
16
2016
12

Mitch McConnell is being stone cold on this SCotUS thing.

I mean, dang.

I cannot for the life of me think of any significant way that Mitch McConnell could have improved on this response. I mean, sure, you could probably find something to quibble over. But that’s just for finding things to quibble over.

Mar
13
2016
7

I propose a new strategy for dealing with Democratic whining.

Assuming that the Republican party survives this election cycle intact, I have a proposal for dealing with whatever cause du jour that the Democrats come up with in the future. It goes like this: just [expletive deleted]ing ignore it. Don’t even say ‘whatever.’ Don’t even roll the eyes.  Just shrug it off and go do something else.

I mean, seriously: think about what’s going on right now with that Supreme Court nomination thing. We told the Democrats that Obama wasn’t going to get to replace Scalia. The Democrats started screaming. And we… ignored them, because we have real problems right now and what do we care if the Democrats are aggrieved over it?  And as a result, the Democrats are still trying to push the same buttons of ours that they always push, only this time we legitimately don’t care.  They were expecting movement by now.  They haven’t gotten any.

Admittedly, we don’t care because we’re in the middle of an existential crisis.  But if we happen to come through without exploding, I suggest that this strategy might pay dividends generally. Because it turns out that the Democrats have only a limited ability to force Republicans to do things that Republicans don’t want to do.  Go figure…

Mar
08
2016
--

Ken Cuccinelli being considered for Virginia Supreme Court.

He’s going to think about it.  For background: there’s currently a fight going on over the vacant VA court seat, and Ken Cuccinelli’s name came up as a possible compromise.  It wouldn’t be a bad gig for the man, and he’s certainly a reliable conservative for the position.

…And I don’t know enough about the situation to discuss it further.

Feb
29
2016
6
Feb
22
2016
3

Schumer barefaces on Supreme Court picks.

There’s a certain refreshing honesty in Chuck Schumer’s blatantly naked partisanship.  When asked about this statement by Joe Biden in 1992 about George HW Bush getting a Supreme Court pick:

“It would be our pragmatic conclusion that once the political season is underway — and it is — action on a Supreme Court nomination must be put off until after the election campaign is over,” Biden, then a Delaware senator and Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said in June of 1992. “That is what is fair to the nominee and essential to the process.”

(more…)

Feb
18
2016
2

Tweet of the Day, Scalia’s Going To Heaven, Obama’s Off To… Havana edition.

I mean, it’s not really the Cubans’ fault that they live in a Communist hellhole. Well. It’s not the modern generation of Cubans’ faults. They don’t have any guns!

But anyway.

It’s an absolute mystery to Obama, I’m sure. …Oh, crud. It probably is.

Moe Lane

Feb
14
2016
17

Barack Obama blinks, retreats on possible recess SCOTUS appointment.

Guess there really are limits to kingship.

Let me save everybody some valuable time: the answer will be ‘no.’  Can we move on now? Let us move on, now.

Feb
14
2016
7

Barack Obama will make a (poor) recess appointment because it benefits HIM.

If Barack Obama makes a recess appointment of a Supreme Court justice – and he may be able to [UPDATE: Link fixed, sorry] – it will largely benefit just Barack Obama.  The Democrats actually would like a real fight over this, because they don’t want the precedent set that both sides are permitted to be partisan over judges.  So if Barack Obama short-circuits the entire looming fight, he is pretty much cutting off his own party’s partisans at the knees AND making them have to pretend that they really wanted this to happen, ya, you betcha.  Meanwhile the GOP will of course come out of this in decent long-term shape; we probably have some bad decisions this year, sure, but we’ll get that seat opening up next year with a new President and we stuck to our guns. Not our fault that Barack Obama thinks that he’s a king.

So, yeah, Barack Obama will back-stab his fellow-Democrats.  Who will then be forced to act as if this was a brilliant ploy. Not my optimal solution, but not the end of the world, either. [UPDATE: Or maybe he won’t,]

Jun
28
2015
3

Reminder: there are actually more Supreme Court decisions tomorrow.

And if Scalia writes the EPA decision (there is a remarkable amount of analysis out there trying to figure out who writes which Supreme Court decisions*)… well. They may have to end up encasing it in concrete and shooting it into the Sun. So, there’s that to look forward to, at least.

Moe Lane

*I think that the general consensus is that the event that might have suggested that Scalia would not get the EPA case was actually not a triggering event in this case, and at any rate Mars was in Taurus when the white heifer gave birth to a two-headed calf and the Ouija board started spelling out 19th Century British dance hall lyrics. You see: apparently, this is all like Kremlinology, only without the scientific rigor. I’m just impressed that the Court can still keep a secret…

Site by Neil Stevens | Theme by TheBuckmaker.com