Open thread Feb. 8, 2019 Dan Crawford | February 8, 2019 6:29 am Tags: open thread Comments (5) | Digg Facebook Twitter |
Wishing a very happy weekend to two Susans, Sarandon and Collins.
In a decade or so, women throughout the country will realize that these two Susans played a huge role in reducing their control over their own bodies. And the number of women who name their daughters Susan will drop to nothing due to the shame of these two.
“Late on Thursday night, when hardly anyone was watching, Justice Brett Kavanaugh decided to conduct a covert op on whatever is left of the political reputation of Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine. You may recall that, when Kavanaugh’s nomination was hanging fire, Collins did her Down East Hamlet act for a couple of days before announcing that she would vote for PJ’s beer buddy. She explained her decision by saying that Kavanaugh had convinced her that he would respect precedent, including all those precedents that protected a woman’s right to full reproductive health, including abortion.
On Thursday night, Kavanaugh proved that, at best, Susan Collins is the biggest all-day sucker in American politics today. From The New York Times:
‘The vote was 5 to 4, with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. joining the court’s four-member liberal wing to form a majority. That coalition underscored the pivotal position the chief justice has assumed after the departure last year of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who used to hold the crucial vote in many closely divided cases, including ones concerning abortion. The court’s brief order gave no reasons, and its action — a temporary stay — did not end the case. The court is likely to hear a challenge to the law on the merits in its next term, which starts in October. Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel A. Alito Jr., Neil M. Gorsuch and Brett M. Kavanaugh said they would have denied the stay. Only Justice Kavanaugh published a dissent, taking a middle position that acknowledged the key precedent and said he would have preferred more information on the precise effect of the law.’
This rather soft-pedals what Kavanaugh did. In his one-man opinion denying the stay, Kavanaugh essentially showed that he doesn’t feel bound by precedent at all in this matter. After all, the Louisiana law is identical to a Texas law that the Court already overturned three years ago. Kavanaugh didn’t need “more information” to know that.
Instead, his dissent relies on, along other things, the transparently phony notion that Louisiana officials will be judicious in using the law they’ve already passed. He writes:
‘…the State’s regulation provides that there will be a 45-day regulatory transition period before the new law is applied. The State represents, moreover, that Louisiana “will not move aggressively to enforce the challenged law” during the transition period.’
You’d have to be as big a sap as Susan Collins is to believe that one. It’s impossible that even Kavanaugh believes it. What the defenders of the right to choose feared—and of which they still remain wary—is that upholding the Louisiana law will send a clear message to state judges that the federal system will not defend its own rulings. Thus would Roe v. Wade essentially die from a thousand cuts. Or that the law itself eventually will come before the Court as it is now constituted, with Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch having replaced Antonin Scalia and Anthony Kennedy.”
Collins is a partisan hack. Sarandon is totally “ridiculous”. Good for her that her money will give her daughters control over their own body. For millions, that is not true.
I remember it with startling clarity. The moment when I thought Trump had a chance to win the election. Certainly not the only reason, but an immense one. It was “ridiculous”.
“After a first day shot through with a sense of betrayal and injustice at the Democratic national convention, it took a comedian to articulate the feeling of tragedy gripping Bernie Sanders supporters.
DNC 2016, day one: Sanders says ‘I’m proud’ to support Clinton – as it happened
Sarah Silverman started with a pretty obvious “Feel the Bern” gag (“I put cream on it”), but went on to make one of the speeches of the night, with a thoughtful exposition of the argument for switching from Sanders to Hillary Clinton.
But while she articulated the argument for Sanders voters to get behind Clinton, she also displayed a flash of unscripted irritation, which appeared to anger some of the Vermont senator’s delegates in the room. After a day of rolling emotions, Silverman said: “To the ‘Bernie or Bust’ people, you’re being ridiculous.”
The remark came after a unifying speech, which began with her own declaration of support for Sanders.
“As some of you may know, I support Bernie Sanders and the movement behind him,” Silverman told the cheering audience.
“Not only did Bernie wake us up, he made us understand what is possible and what we deserve. You know, my shrink says we don’t get what we want, we get what we think we deserve, and Bernie showed us that all Americans deserve quality healthcare.
“All it takes to accomplish this, it’s everyone, it’s all of us. Or as a pretty kickass woman once said – it takes a village,” Silverman said, the first of numerous references to the common ground shared by Clinton and Sanders.
Silverman called the Democratic primary “exemplary”, especially when compared to the “major arrested development stuff” employed by Trump, who clearly lacked “human touch or coping tools” as a child.
“That is the process of democracy at its very best, and it’s very cool to see,” Silverman continued, before going in for the full endorsement: “Hillary is our Democratic nominee, and I will proudly vote for her.”
As the audience cheered and jeered, the chants of Bernie and Hillary gliding over one another, Silverman continued. “So inspiring! It’s so inspiring – just a few years ago, she was a secretary, and now she’s going to be president. She’s like the only person ever to be overqualified for a job as the president. So I tell you this: I will vote for Hillary with gusto as I continue to be inspired and moved to action by the ideals set forth by Bernie, who will never stop fighting for us.”
“Nancy Pelosi embraces the “enthusiasm” behind the Green New Deal Pelosi and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez both want to tackle climate change. But they don’t have the same vision for how to do it.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi offered up measured, careful praise of the newly released Green New Deal on Thursday.
“Frankly, I haven’t seen it, but I do know it’s enthusiastic, and I welcome all the enthusiasm,” Pelosi told reporters, just hours before Green New Deal sponsors Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) held their own press conference.”
Yep, the circular firing squad appears again. I cannot imagine why anyone would think Pelosi’s comments showed a different vision from AOC and Markey’s work. (BTW, notice how Markey is all but ignored?).
Meanwhile, there is hope. And that comes from AOC herself, who seems to want to avoid the circular firing squad.
” But Ocasio-Cortez, determined to project unity around her resolution, was not about to start a fight with the speaker of the House over her signature issue. Asked if she believed Pelosi’s comments were derogatory, Ocasio-Cortez pushed back.
“No, I think it is a green dream. I don’t consider to be that a dismissive term,” she said. “Nancy Pelosi is a leader on climate, has always been a leader on climate, and I will not allow our caucus to be divided up by silly notions of whatever narrative. We are in this together.”
Best news I’ve heard all day.
Anything to stir up trouble. There could be a good alliance there between the two.
Without question. It is great to see the attention that AOC receives, and her impact on social media, etc., could be great in bringing younger voters to see what the Dems stand for. Pelosi and Markey were largely responsible for the writing (done by Markey and Waxman) and passage of the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009.
AOC’s presence with Markey can only help to show what the Dems have stood for in terms of dealing with climate change for decades now.
There is much I did not say. Two years is an awfully short time to fulfill a destiny. I see much the same in my state and I am not willing to compromise.