Shiny-Faced Authoritarians Open Thread: Judge Kavanaugh, Amid A Hail of Brooks Brothers Wingtips

In Activist Judges!, Open Thread, Proud to Be A Democrat, Repubs in Disarray! by Anne Laurie

My @nytimes op-ed: Judge Kavanaugh was involved in some of the most politically charged moments of our recent history. Republicans must live up to the bipartisan standard of transparency set by then-Sen Sessions and me, and demand to see his FULL record. https://t.co/xbPqgJOQjS — Sen. Patrick Leahy (@SenatorLeahy) July 23, 2018 The ever-sensitive weathervanes at Politico: Partisan tensions over records on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh boiled over on Tuesday, as Democrats insisted on access to all communications from his five years in the George W. Bush White House while …

Repub Venality Open Thread: Hey, Remember That ‘Judge Kavanaugh’ Guy?…

In Activist Judges!, C.R.E.A.M., Domestic Affairs, Open Thread, Republican Venality, Vagina Outrage by Anne Laurie

This is a big deal! Public doesn't support Kavanaugh out of the gate. The more we talk to people about his dangerous record, the more Senators hear they have to vote NO. Remember, Harriet Miers was not confirmed. This is possible! Share and organize! #scotusnominee #roevswade https://t.co/lZ8Tm41Ida — ilyse hogue (@ilyseh) July 17, 2018 Of course the Repubs are just a leeeetle bit busy at this point in time, what with trying to avoid getting further caught up in the exposure of their Dear Leaders’ foreign-affairs scandals. But never doubt …

Late Night SCOTUS Scrotes Open Thread: “Baseball Tickets”…

In Activist Judges!, Blatant Liars and the Lies They Tell, C.R.E.A.M., Ever Get The Feeling You've Been Cheated?, Grifters Gonna Grift, I'm Too Big To Cry/Hurts Too Much To Laugh, Open Thread, Our Failed Political Establishment, Republican Venality, Sports, Vagina Outrage by Anne Laurie

Now that the House Judiciary Committee has established that it's vital to explore in depth the private messages of an investigator, I can't wait to read all of Brett Kavanaugh's emails from his days working for Ken Starr. — Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) July 12, 2018   … Is that what the kidz are calling it, these days? If I’m understanding this, Kavanaugh, who for a dc power player has relatively modest assets and very little accessible cash savings racked up as much as $200k in debt for baseball tickets …

Trench Lawfare Open Thread: Of Course Kavanaugh’s A Pig-Fellator, and We Should Also Make The GOP Deny It

In Activist Judges!, All Too Normal, An Unexamined Scandal, Dolt 45, Don't Agonize - Organize, Open Thread, Republican Venality by Anne Laurie

Wow. "negotiations for months". Another corrupt bargain. Where'd the banker son fit in? https://t.co/7vQagS4taD — Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) July 10, 2018 Senators could demand millions of pages of records from Brett Kavanaugh’s time in the Bush White House – and grind the SCOTUS confirmation process to a crawl (1/5) https://t.co/0gDnEZViio pic.twitter.com/rZ0G1LjhRB — POLITICO (@politico) July 10, 2018 In addition to the Bush White House files, senators will probably also demand access to about 20,000 pages of documents Kavanaugh assembled for Whitewater independent counsel Kenneth Starr (4/5) https://t.co/0gDnEZViio pic.twitter.com/XPSNammNmK — POLITICO …

The New SCOTUS Scrote: Early Reviews

In Activist Judges!, All Too Normal, Assholes, Blatant Liars and the Lies They Tell, Dolt 45, Ever Get The Feeling You've Been Cheated?, Impeachment, Republican Venality by Anne Laurie

This is what democracy looks like. This is what passion looks like. Let the Court remain a symbol of our fundamental freedoms and not let Kavanaugh gut the future for women. #SCOTUS #RoeVsWade pic.twitter.com/zPBoNbvWOg — ilyse hogue (@ilyseh) July 10, 2018 Inside the White House, some aides are annoyed Trump is announcing SCOTUS pick at 9pm because staffers think Bill Shine chose 9pm hour to help Sean Hannity’s ratings, a GOP source says — Gabriel Sherman (@gabrielsherman) July 9, 2018 5. The more Kavanaugh's views on presidential power becomes the …

Venal Frugality Open Thread: Nice Timing, Mr. Cintron…

In Activist Judges!, C.R.E.A.M., Dolt 45, Ever Get The Feeling You've Been Cheated?, Open Thread, Trump Crime Cartel by Anne Laurie

Just in case the Federalist scrote who ‘wins’ tonight’s SCOTUS pick has forgotten what it’s like to work for Donny Dollhands… (Bloomberg) — The man who served as Donald Trump’s personal driver for more than 25 years sued him for back pay on Monday, saying he was forced to work thousands of hours of overtime that wasn’t paid. The suit was filed Monday by Noel Cintron in state court in Manhattan. — Laura Litvan (@LauraLitvan) July 9, 2018 The wage bump in 2010 came with a catch, Cintron said in …

What if it’s worse than we think?

In Activist Judges!, Assholes, Birdwatching, General Stupidity, Open Thread, Politics, Republican Stupidity, Trump-Russia by Betty Cracker

First, something nice: a roseate spoonbill flew over my house a while ago. I happened to be looking out the window when it flew by, and as usual, I scrambled to get outside with my camera, but NOT as usual, I actually got a photo: The only reason I was able to get the shot is because the bird was circling, probably preparing to land in one of the nearby ponds or canals. It’s not a great shot, but I’m still psyched to have captured a photo of one of …

Thursday Morning Open Thread: Ratify the ERA

In Activist Judges!, All we want is life beyond the thunderdome, Don't Mourn, Organize, Fucking fight, Open Thread, Women's Rights Are Human Rights by Anne Laurie

Back at the end of May, Illinois became the thirty-seventh state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. (Thirty-eight states are required for ratification.) Even though I didn’t post about it at the time, events of the past few weeks have confirmed my conviction that embedding the ERA in the Constitution is one of our best weapons against the creeping authoritarianism of the revanchist GOP and its dishonest brokers in all three branches of government. And I’m not alone! Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 2014 remarks at the National …

Teachable Moment (Open Thread)

In Activist Judges!, Open Thread by Betty Cracker

TPM is keeping a running tab of which Democratic senators have said no SCOTUS nominee vote before the midterms. Here’s the list as of an hour ago: Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) Bob Casey (D-PA) Dick Durbin (D-IL) Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) Kamala Harris (D-CA) Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) Jeff Merkley (D-OR) Chris Murphy (D-CT) Chuck Schumer (D-NY) Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) If your senator isn’t on the list, maybe call and ask why? Honestly, I don’t think there’s anything we can do to stop Trump from putting a Federalist Society …

Wednesday Morning Open Thread: On Staying “Civil”

In Activist Judges!, All we want is life beyond the thunderdome, Don't Mourn, Organize, Election 2018, Enhanced Protest Techniques, Ever Get The Feeling You've Been Cheated?, Open Thread, Proud to Be A Democrat by Anne Laurie

Five years ago today, the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act in Shelby County v. Holder in an appallingly bad opinion by Chief Justice Roberts. The voter suppression efforts that followed the holding continue to dangerously undermine voters of color. #RestoreTheVOTE pic.twitter.com/SeApalMNyv — Miranda Yaver (@mirandayaver) June 25, 2018 "The Anti-War movement in Vietnam … The Civil Rights movement … both of those were much more civil in tone": @David_Gergen on the 'uncivil discourse' of politics in 2018 compared to other historical divides https://t.co/7tlX0riUCG https://t.co/AWsCwQwRwG — CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) …

Tuesday Morning Open Thread: Dance Party!

In Activist Judges!, Open Thread, Popular Culture, Protest Is the New Brunch, Republican Venality, Voter Suppression by Anne Laurie

HEY PHILLY this is important. 1,300+ people are already going: https://t.co/Qt7O4poP75 https://t.co/7310U76i7T — What's Pat Up To? (@WhatsPatUpTo) June 18, 2018   Spirit lifter from staunch commentor LAMH: So I’m watching anything else but more political news, and watching some of the MTV Movie/TV Awards…. And this happened: Chadwick Boseman won for best Hero for Black Panther and he did this: .@chadwickboseman you a real one for this. #MTVAwards pic.twitter.com/diUURUwrWx — B E A N Z | Thanos’ Personal Photographer ??. (@PhotosByBeanz) June 19, 2018 Chadwick said we should honor …

Russiagate Open Thread: “But — But — He’s A Wealthy White Man!”

In Activist Judges!, C.R.E.A.M., Open Thread, Russiagate, Schadenfreude, Trump Crime Cartel by Anne Laurie

This is the jail in Warsaw, Va., where Paul Manafort is being held for pre-trial detention. It opened in 1995. https://t.co/MfeqKqF1EO pic.twitter.com/JVr4ep8C3g — Garance Franke-Ruta (@thegarance) June 16, 2018 Dude that looks like a Holiday Inn Express with an attached Denny's — TavernWench?? (@TavernWench) June 16, 2018 Supermax Olive Garden. — Alex Heard (@alexheard) June 16, 2018 Man. All these people *suddenly offended* by idea of pretrial incarceration because of 1 privileged white man. *Nearly half a million people are detained pre-trial on any given day bc of poverty alone. …