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Mon Oct 8, 2018, 12:48 PM

 

Merrick Garland and Kavanaugh voted identical on 93% of decisions. Did we know this?

Some guy named Scott Jennings just said on HLN (they call themselves CNN's sister station) that Merrick Garland and Kavanaugh voted identical on 93% of decisions. Did we know this? Is it true?

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Reply Merrick Garland and Kavanaugh voted identical on 93% of decisions. Did we know this? (Original post)
jodymarie aimee Oct 2018 OP
KPN Oct 2018 #1
Mike Nelson Oct 2018 #2
marylandblue Oct 2018 #3
Imperialism Inc. Oct 2018 #4
WePurrsevere Oct 2018 #5
uponit7771 Oct 2018 #6
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procon Oct 2018 #8
Haynx Oct 2018 #9
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WeekiWater Oct 2018 #12
lame54 Oct 2018 #13
Hortensis Oct 2018 #14
Fla Dem Oct 2018 #15
scheming daemons Oct 2018 #16
uponit7771 Oct 2018 #19
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Response to jodymarie aimee (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2018, 12:50 PM

1. Voted?

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Response to jodymarie aimee (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2018, 12:51 PM

2. I think it's...

...that 7% matters.

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Response to jodymarie aimee (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2018, 12:52 PM

3. Probably. Most cases have no political importance

The whole fight is about a handful of cases that have national significance.

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Response to jodymarie aimee (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2018, 12:53 PM

4. Yes. We knew this.

Kavanaugh is no moderate though. His arguments in his decisions attest to this.

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Response to jodymarie aimee (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2018, 12:55 PM

5. I missed that it was that high & would like sources BUT IMO this wasn't just about...

His voting record. It was more about his being very unsuitable for the position of dog catcher no less a SCOTUS justice, because of his history of criminal sexual misconduct, apparent drinking issue, crappy temperament and committing perjury by LYING under oath.

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Response to jodymarie aimee (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2018, 12:56 PM

6. Was that before or after KavaNasty basically said he's seeking revenge on democrats?

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Response to jodymarie aimee (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2018, 01:03 PM

7. the vast majority of cases below the Supreme Court

are politically inconsequential. So not really surprising. Most judges probably vote together 90% of the time at that level.

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Response to jodymarie aimee (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2018, 01:06 PM

8. A ridiculous false equivalency; chimpanzees are 96% identical to humans, but that 4%

difference changes everything. The small percentage of rulings where they differ are clearly momentous, life changing decrees, and that's the only issue that matters.


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Response to jodymarie aimee (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2018, 01:25 PM

9. Circuit Courts rely on SCOTUS precedent

 

Irrelevant stat.

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Response to jodymarie aimee (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2018, 01:25 PM

10. actually that isn't even technically true

they only looked at decisions authored by them. Ie Kavanaugh joined ones by Garland and Garland joined ones by Kavanaugh. That said, there is also the fact many decisions are determined at the Appellate level by precedent.

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Response to jodymarie aimee (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2018, 01:29 PM

11. We knew he was a republican.

What did you expect?

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Response to jodymarie aimee (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2018, 01:40 PM

12. A pretty strong majority of decisions are pretty cut and dry. nt

 

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Response to jodymarie aimee (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2018, 01:47 PM

13. Garland was a weak choice...

To appease the right

Still didn't work

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Response to jodymarie aimee (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2018, 01:48 PM

14. What the OP suggests is effectively completely WRONG.

Merrick Garland's record is overall somewhat to the left of center, notably tending to protect individuals against the corporation. And thank goodness he's on the appellate court.

Kavanaugh's is very far right, along with Clarence Thomas and Gorsuch.

Kavanaugh has a consistent pattern of favoring business and government over the rights of the individual. Trump wants to be a dictator, and both Gorsuch and Kavanaugh will push the nation to at least a more authoritarian form.

?

This explained how Garland was more liberal than most realized. But not the Obama administration, of course.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2016/03/30/new-data-show-how-liberal-merrick-garland-really-is/?utm_term=.ad93abb92ad1


This is Kavanaugh compared to other appellate court judges:

?w=575

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Response to jodymarie aimee (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2018, 01:49 PM

15. Merrick Garland is a centrist. Obama named him for among other reasons, thought he would be an easy

nominee for the Right to accept. He was wrong. That he and Kavanaugh agreed on many decisions is not in itself remarkable. It's the other 7% that is of concern.

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Response to jodymarie aimee (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2018, 02:06 PM

16. That 7% is the most important issues of our time.

 


And it is a very BIG deal.

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Response to scheming daemons (Reply #16)

Mon Oct 8, 2018, 02:44 PM

19. +1, the rest of the decisions are pretty cut and dry

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Response to jodymarie aimee (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2018, 02:41 PM

17. Circuit judges are bound by precedent, this is not surprising.

Even on the Supreme Court, though I havenít seen the figure, but I would venture to guess that Alito and Ginsberg vote with each other well more than 50% of the time.

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Response to jodymarie aimee (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2018, 02:42 PM

18. Did you know there have been more 9-0 decisions on the SCOTUS since 2000 than 5-4?

36% to 14%

8-1 and 7-2 also lead 5-4.

Most law is settled.

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