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Wed Oct 11, 2017, 11:55 AM

Schumer Bashes McConnells Push To Roll Dems On Judicial Nominees

Source: Talking Points Memo

By TIERNEY SNEED Published OCTOBER 11, 2017 11:26 AM

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) pushed back on comments made by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) indicating that the top Senate Republican would like to eliminate the last tool Democrats have to block President Trump’s judicial nominees.

“The Senate has fewer and fewer mechanisms that create bipartisanship and bring people to an agreement. The blue slips are one of them,” Schumer said Wednesday in a statement, referring to the Senate tradition that a judicial nominee not move forward until both home state senators return the so-called “blue slip” approving their nomination.


“It’s just a shame that Senator McConnell is willing to abandon it for circuit court judges. We hope that [Judiciary] Chairman [Chuck] Grassley, who has always believed in the traditions of the Senate, will resist Senator McConnell’s request,” Schumer’s statement continued.

In an interview with the Weekly Standard published earlier Wednesday, McConnell said that Republicans going forward will treat blue slips “as simply notification of how you’re going to vote, not as an opportunity to blackball.”

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/schumer-bashes-mcconnell-blue-slips



Mitch McConnell should be fucking IMPEACHED and for all of you that voted for him in Kentucky, just imagine for one minute what the sexual predator is going to do to you in the court at the federal level, you think you live in shit now, your are and everyone else is going to get fucked, and if you don't think so.......................think of your health care, voting all it takes is one judge in your state sending it up the chain and giving it to John Roberts


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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Wed Oct 11, 2017, 12:21 PM

1. I doubt very much that anyone in KY who voted for the turtle reads DU.

Somehow I seem to end up in red states. Except for my time in California I have lived in AZ, TX, OH, MO, and KY. I've been in KY for 18 of the last 20 years (with a 2 year hiatus to MO in the middle). In all that time, I think I can count the number of GOP I have voted for on one thumb (and that was an aberration when I was young and foolish).

Not all KY residents are rednecks and, like most areas, the urban areas are much more Progressive than the rural areas. Unfortunately, the Southern states tend to have larger rural populations than the Northern states. So, don't think that everyone in KY votes for the turtle. And bear in mind that at the state level, up until the last election, KY had a (D) Gov, Lt. Gov, and SecState.

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Response to Stonepounder (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 11, 2017, 01:34 PM

3. Thought the same.

They're usually not curious enough to read much of anything.

Btw, there are a few rural Liberal Kentucky DUers here - my friend Bayard included.


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Response to Duppers (Reply #3)

Wed Oct 11, 2017, 01:59 PM

4. I'm totally confident that there are lots of liberals in rural areas.

Just as there are redneck Trumpinistas in urban areas. Just that rural areas tend to vote GOP and urban areas tend to vote Dem.

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Response to Stonepounder (Reply #4)

Wed Oct 11, 2017, 02:01 PM

5. I know you knew that.

My intent was not to insinuate otherwise.

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Response to Duppers (Reply #5)

Wed Oct 11, 2017, 02:18 PM

6. I was just agreeing with you. :-)

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Response to Stonepounder (Reply #6)

Wed Oct 11, 2017, 02:24 PM

7. Thanks. 😊

Was just a bit worried.

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Response to Stonepounder (Reply #4)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 07:58 AM

13. yes, liberals in red states...

I'm a native Texan and a true blue democrat. I just hate it when it's automatically assumed I'm a right winger because I live in Texas. In my lifetime I've only voted for one Republican and that was when I was too young and dumb to know better. I'm still ashamed of it, but I am proud to be a liberal Democrat and I get pissed off and defensive when someone assumes I'm a Rethug or a bible thumper just because I live in Texas. There are a lot of liberals in Texas, but we never get any credit for keeping our state from turning more red. Sometimes I would just love to leave Texas and go live in Seattle near my daughter. But their waters are too cold and I don't want to be like a rat abandoning ship.I work in healthcare with the elderly. My state needs my voice and my vote. Why don't some of you libs on DU come on down here and help me get that moron Ted Cruz out of office?

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Wed Oct 11, 2017, 12:21 PM

2. Repukes intend to stack the courts as quickly as possible before the upcoming voter revolt

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Wed Oct 11, 2017, 03:06 PM

8. No more judicial confirmations. This is the last year of the tRump Presidency. . . . nt

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Wed Oct 11, 2017, 05:14 PM

9. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mitch-mcconnell-blue-slips-trump-judges_us_59de3683e4b0b26332e8

"It’s ultimately up to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the Judiciary Committee’s chairman, to decide whether to honor blue slips as he schedules hearings for Trump’s court picks. So far, he has, and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the panel’s former chairman, told HuffPost in June that Grassley gave him his word he would keep the rule."

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Wed Oct 11, 2017, 05:16 PM

10. Chuck is proving to be up to the task

I'm liking him more with each passing day.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Wed Oct 11, 2017, 08:42 PM

11. I'm pretty sure old Mitch will not only believe in them

but will call them sacrosanct against "unprecedented obstruction"



the next time he's in the minority.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Wed Oct 11, 2017, 10:03 PM

12. No matter how many judges McConnell rams through

They should all be summarily impeached once we frogmarch traitor Trump into prison. That includes the most recent Supreme Court Justice.

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