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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-08-09 07:53 PM
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Scalia's Nightmare
Scalia's Nightmare
by billmon

Wed Apr 08, 2009 at 03:34:04 PM PDT

Maybe I'm wrong, maybe it was the electroshock therapy. But I've suspected for some time that conservatives would eventually have serious reservations about where Norm and his mouthpieces are trying to take them. Maybe it's finally dawning on some of them that making a federal case out this election contest risks a long-term disaster for the GOP -- one that would completely outweigh the short-term benefits of depriving the Democrats of their 59th vote.

After all, what Norm is threatening to do -- if he can't get his way in state court -- is to demand that the US Supremes go storming through the equal protection door they opened just a crack, and then promptly tried to close again, in Bush v. Gore.

But if we're really going to start vigorously applying the 14th Amendment to how votes are cast and counted in this country, then a whole bunch of GOP-friendly election realities are going to be open to constitutional challenge. How, for example, is it "equal" for poor and urban precincts to have 1/5th the number of voting machines per capita as wealthy surburban ones? Is it "equal" for election officials to routinely deny elderly, undereducated or inexperienced voters the assistance they need to understand complex, confusing and/or poorly constructed ballots? Is it "equal" for prosecutors to aggressively pursue registration fraud cases against ACORN, while generally ignoring those against GOP-leaning groups?

Can you say "disparate impact"? How about "protected class"?

You really can go on and on with this -- which is precisely why Scalia and company tried so very hard to make their power grab a "good for one use only" ticket. But now Norm is putting their handwork at risk. And who knows? By the time his case reaches the US Supremes, maybe there will be a few new faces on the bench, liberal faces, faces that wouldn't mind at all taking Scalia's legal legerdemain and shoving it right back up his runty ass.

more fun at:
http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2009/4/8/717967/-Scal...
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-08-09 08:30 PM
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1. Enthusiastic K&R
especially with that last paragraph you quoted. The rest of the article is fine, too.

Lots of good mental eye candy.
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GardeningGal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-08-09 08:37 PM
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2. I would LOVE to see Coleman's continued antics bite the GOP
in their collective ass. It would be so satisfying.
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pacalo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-08-09 09:17 PM
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3. I think it would be interesting
to see how the GOP's good ol' boys SC handled this case, given that one-use-only power grab in 2000.

I'd like to see if that "one use only" stipulation was for use against Democratic candidates only.
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Canuckistanian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-08-09 09:41 PM
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4. The USSC won't touch this with an 11-foot pole
Because they KNOW that Franken's lawyers will invoke Bush v. Gore.
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Pacifist Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-09-09 09:43 AM
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6. I too think they would decline to hear the case.
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progressoid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-09-09 11:13 AM
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7. Yep - although I bet a couple SC justices wouldn't mind rubbing in his face.
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Gregorian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-08-09 10:35 PM
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5. Great diary. Thanks.
Some scary stuff. I hadn't ever entertained the most basic election procedures that are mentioned there. Jeez, I am so slow. It's still frightening to think of how we were steamrolled in 2000.

On the other hand, this could turn out to be interesting.
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riqster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-09-09 12:55 PM
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8. I am laying in a big supply of popcorn
The entertainment value should be quite high.
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byronius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-09-09 01:51 PM
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9. Great post.
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McCamy Taylor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-09-09 02:12 PM
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10. Exactly. However, when you are fascist puppets, you do not think long term. You obey orders.
Edited on Thu Apr-09-09 02:13 PM by McCamy Taylor
If Roberts and Scalia are told to intervene, they will intervene. So, it depends upon whether or not their corporate masters are capable of long term thinking. If all they want to do is stall health care reform to help out a bunch of Medical Industrial Complex businesses and the insurance companies, they will order the Supremes to intervene.
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MissMarple Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-09-09 04:46 PM
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11. I'm still having trouble wrapping my head around the idea that the SC even has jurisdiction.
And Coleman surely isn't doing this all on his lonesome. This looks like a GOP stunt. Isn't Coleman just the front man?

Scalia is a narcissist, he thinks he can do no wrong. Just ask him, oh wait, a PBS interviewer already did. I wish I had a link to that. I think it was Jim Lehrer.
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tbyg52 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-09-09 05:48 PM
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12. That "one use only" was a dead giveaway that it was a scam. Hope it bites them big time. nt
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Dinger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-09-09 06:05 PM
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13. kpete,Did Anybody Ever Tell You You're DA MAN! K & R!!
:patriot: :patriot:
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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-10-09 09:28 AM
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17. I am actually
DA WOMAN!!!

but thanks for the nice shout out, peace, kp
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Best_man23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-09-09 06:16 PM
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14. He needs a ruling from Fat Tony
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floridablue Donating Member (996 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-09-09 07:29 PM
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15. I thought Scalia's nightmare would be
hungry black people with guns.
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livefreest Donating Member (378 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-09-09 08:07 PM
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16. may scalia, coleman and the gop live the worst nightmares.
Edited on Thu Apr-09-09 08:55 PM by livefreest
he! he! that felt good
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