Democrats to Unite Behind Jackson Confirmation

What did the Republicans accomplish in their disgraceful public display of aggression during the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson? They ensured that Democrats, to include Sen. Joe Manchin, will unite in support of her.

I only watched a smidgen of the testimony -- when Ted Cruz was leading the charge with his chart of sentencing statistics on her child p*rn cases, but wow, did he make an as* of himself.

The other thing I noticed was the superb coaching Jackson got for the hearings (as do all nominees these days). It must be really hard to sit there poker-faced when some horse's as* is trying to bait you with one absurdly worded question after another.

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    Ketanji Brown Jackson Displayed an abundance (5.00 / 5) (#1)
    by MO Blue on Fri Mar 25, 2022 at 03:02:15 PM EST
    of intelligence and class during hearings where the Republicans displayed how totally repugnant they are.

    Glad to read that Manchin plans to vote for her.

    I found listening to her responses (5.00 / 2) (#2)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Mar 25, 2022 at 03:09:16 PM EST
    actually interesting.  Those things don't usually hold me long.  

    I sat there thinking she could do well in other branches of government.


    Anyone who managed to listen (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by Peter G on Fri Mar 25, 2022 at 04:04:29 PM EST
    to KBJ's responses would actually have learned quite a bit about how federal criminal sentencing works, and how (good) judges think about sentences in individual cases.

    Yu could probably say that (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Mar 25, 2022 at 04:24:12 PM EST
    about other legal discussions but they would not have held my attention.  And it was not that subject I mostly heard her explaining.  That's when I turned it off.

    She definitely has a way f making confusing and complicated things understandable


    And it was even more out front (none / 0) (#3)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Mar 25, 2022 at 03:11:48 PM EST
    because, as you say, the republican clown show.  

    The (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by FlJoe on Fri Mar 25, 2022 at 03:58:36 PM EST
    Republicans outdid themselves, all in on rude, obnoxious hissy fits, not an ounce of decorum to be found.

    It was something (none / 0) (#7)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Mar 25, 2022 at 05:19:05 PM EST
    I think Miss Lindsey's question, on a scale of 1-10 how religious are you, was the daily winner.

    I would never have expected to hear that question in a confirmation hearing.  Is that even legal.


    So glad you asked! (5.00 / 4) (#9)
    by Peter G on Fri Mar 25, 2022 at 06:32:59 PM EST
    Actually, no, it is probably the only question that is explicitly off limits, per the U.S. Constitution itself.  Article VI, clause 3, states:  " ... no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States."  (A religious "test," in 18th Century terms, is a requirement that a person state under oath that they subscribe to a particular religious persuasion or belief preferred by the government.)

    And (none / 0) (#11)
    by KeysDan on Sat Mar 26, 2022 at 10:09:34 AM EST
    Lindseybelle actually asked what religion the judge was. After a pause of seeming astonishment. She replied "Protestant"

    Compared to the qualifications of Jackson, (none / 0) (#8)
    by MO Blue on Fri Mar 25, 2022 at 06:04:08 PM EST
    this is the caliber of the people the Republicans champion. Qualifications of Republican candidate for MO Senate seat.

    "In early June 2018, I became afraid for my safety and that of our children at our home, which was fairly isolated, due to Eric's unstable and coercive behavior," Sheena Greitens alleged in the filing. "This behavior included physical violence toward our children, such as cuffing our then three-year-old son across the face at the dinner table in front of me and yanking him around by the hair."
    Sheena Greitens also detailed an alleged incident in which one of her children came home with serious injuries after a visit with their father, as the child returned with "a swollen face, bleeding gums, and a loose tooth" that later had to be removed.



    I am sure you already (none / 0) (#10)
    by Ga6thDem on Sat Mar 26, 2022 at 09:43:28 AM EST
    know this but Greitens did a recording stating that McConnell and Karl Rove were out to destroy him.

    D's certainly dodged a bullet with him choosing to become a Republican.


    Yes, I saw that (none / 0) (#12)
    by MO Blue on Sat Mar 26, 2022 at 10:13:08 AM EST
    Missouri, my home state, has some real winners to choose from the Republican slate. This violent, abusive and sexual predator and the gun toting lawyers that would love the excuse to shoot black people. Boy what a campaign commercial that would make. Probably win them the nomination, hands down.

    MO (none / 0) (#14)
    by Ga6thDem on Sat Mar 26, 2022 at 11:29:47 AM EST
    is beating GA all to heck these days. Republicans here as you know are big on insider trading. But the minute Kemp brings all this up the Republicans start screaming he's using Dem talking points (he is actually) against Perdue. My wish is that the GOP civil war here in GA is so bad it takes out every statewide elected Republican.

    BTW, (none / 0) (#13)
    by MO Blue on Sat Mar 26, 2022 at 10:32:06 AM EST
    Greitens is leading in the most current pole with 31%. Republicans, the family values party, just love them some really violent and sexual deviant men.

    I wonder (none / 0) (#15)
    by Ga6thDem on Sat Mar 26, 2022 at 11:31:58 AM EST
    if he actually will get the nomination even after all the ugliness is revealed. Apparently kidnapping his hairdresser has not deterred them enough to keep him from leading in the polls.

    Do y'all have any sort of runoff or is it the one that gets the most votes is the nominee? Here in GA 30% would cause a runoff between Greitens and whomever is behind him in votes.


    No. (5.00 / 1) (#16)
    by MO Blue on Sat Mar 26, 2022 at 12:51:01 PM EST
    You get the most votes regardless of the percentage and you win.

    I would like to think that if Greitens gets the nomination, the state will elect the Democratic candidate. I would like to believe that but I sure wouldn't bet any money on it.


    Yeah (none / 0) (#17)
    by Ga6thDem on Sat Mar 26, 2022 at 06:00:33 PM EST
    I get it. I still can't believe GA has 2 D senators right now. Claire did win twice so it's not impossible.

    I am dumbfounded on how the country went crazy over the last 20 years but then I think about Fox and realize there are millions of Americans who have been brainwashed by Fox.


    No one is forced to watch FOX (5.00 / 2) (#18)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Mar 26, 2022 at 06:17:47 PM EST
    it's not like there is only one news network.

    IMO we need to stop making excuses for people.  Saying they have been "fooled" or "brainwashed".

    FOX is a business.  It gives people what they want.  It's how they make all that money.

    I was just reading this article about how the Republican party has been taken over by Q.  It has.  And democrats have to stop acting like it's normal and it will be ok.

    We have to start being as ruthless and aggressive as they are or we are going to lose our country.

    Good place to start, stop making excuses for fascists.  Nobody has been brainwashed.


    I mostly agree (5.00 / 1) (#19)
    by MO Blue on Sat Mar 26, 2022 at 06:58:15 PM EST
    Yet, in certain parts of the county if you are anywhere where a television is playing, Fox is on nonstop. Not only are people inundated with Fox on a daily/hourly basis, they are surrounded by people at their jobs, at their church and all social events who repeat the crap that Fox promotes as the main focus of their conversation. It is kinda like trying to avoid catching the plague when everyone around you has it.

    One thing is for sure, too much exposure to Fox rots your brain.


    Quite aware (none / 0) (#20)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Mar 26, 2022 at 07:02:33 PM EST
    I live with it everywhere I go.  It has not convinced me to be a fascist.

    Or anyone else IMO.  Next time you are at the doctor's office or the dentist ask a couple of people if they want it changed.  To CNN.


    Well Capt, you are smarter than the average bear (none / 0) (#26)
    by MO Blue on Sat Mar 26, 2022 at 09:36:18 PM EST
    I doubt anyone who knows you or has met you would consider you typical. (meant in the nicest way). Artist types are normally not usually the greatest advocates of following authority figures and norms. Unfortunately, too many people are more easily indoctrinated than you are.

    I do know people who were once moderately conservative who now have become true believers after years of being surrounded by that crap. That's all they hear.


    If I may be so bold (5.00 / 2) (#28)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Mar 27, 2022 at 07:46:15 AM EST
    I believe you know people who seemed moderately conservative to you.  But they never were.  They had been taught, as many many on the right had, to not say the secret part out loud.  At least to you.

    IMO one thing we can thank Trump for is ripping the mask off these people.   They are all talking now.  

    My request is simple.  Stop making excuses for uncle Clem and Aunt Roo who always seemed nice until Trump.  People should be expected to take responsibility for their beliefs.  They are not children.  They did not have a collective stroke

    They found a leader


    Fox, I am just saying that without the constant validation and rabble rousing by the right wing media these views (to my eyes at least) were fading away or certainly not growing.

    I don't even...
    When?  When was this wonderful age of enlightenment?  Was it when they impeached Bill Clinton and spent 20 years smearing his wife?  When Newt was in charge?

    Surely it can not have been during the Obama presidency.  Or do you see some high water mark of civility in there I missed?

    I guess they were happy during Bush 2.  The guy who literally stole the presidency with the help of the SC.

    Look, of course FOX feeds the crazy.  But how can you not see it is a symptom?  A very profitable business.  Business does not become the industry leader by converting people to scary news ways of thinking.

    They make money by giving people what they want.

    The state of our country is not the fault of FOX.  FOX, and NEWSMAX and OANN and Alex Jones, are the fault and the result of the state of our country.

    If anyone honestly believes removing one or all of them from the airwaves would change anything ....
    then they do not understand the problem.



    Also (none / 0) (#22)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Mar 26, 2022 at 07:10:06 PM EST
    I know from asking that in some if the places like waiting rooms FOX is seen as the "middle of the road" because the people in the know really want NEWSMAX or OANN.

    If FOX disappeared tomorrow it would change nothing.


    Which (none / 0) (#24)
    by FlJoe on Sat Mar 26, 2022 at 07:27:11 PM EST
    suggests that Fox was the gateway drug before they moved on to the harder stuff.

    You don't know a single one (none / 0) (#25)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Mar 26, 2022 at 07:34:27 PM EST
    Of these people.  Do you?

    I (5.00 / 2) (#27)
    by FlJoe on Sun Mar 27, 2022 at 05:03:02 AM EST
    certainly have been exposed to "these people" during my life, most of them before Fox or even right wing talk radio even existed.

    I am not arguing that hate and bigotry would not exist without Fox, I am just saying that without the constant validation and rabble rousing by the right wing media these views (to my eyes at least) were fading away or certainly not growing.

    Fox is not the disease, but it surely is a major vector that allows it to spread.


    Well (5.00 / 2) (#33)
    by Ga6thDem on Sun Mar 27, 2022 at 12:37:31 PM EST
    I agree with what both you and MO are saying. I have an aunt and an uncle who watched Fox and Fox did nothing to them. They already had those views.

    Then I have my stepfather who when my mother married him I was like ugh, he took her to tea party rallies etc. He was obsessed with Obama taking his guns etc. but Trump came along and Fox went in the trash and now he is a completely normal person. It has been an amazing 180.

    So IMO Fox is like crack where the already addicted go to get their fix but it also pulls in people who were not previously crackheads and turns them into them.

    But at this point so many of them are so far down the rabbit hole that there is no help for them. If Fox & talk radio went away tomorrow they would still be far gone. And these days they would find somewhere on the internet to spread their conspiracy theories.


    I've seen 180s (none / 0) (#34)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Mar 27, 2022 at 12:57:51 PM EST
    My brother for one.  For every 180 there are 10 lost down the rabbit hole.

    I really couldn't say which version is worse, that these new crazies already hate the idea of Democratic government and hatewng media is just another way to spread it


    They are so feeble and hapless Hannity and Tuckems could convince them to support a fascist wannabe strongman.

    Not good options.


    They use (none / 0) (#36)
    by Ga6thDem on Sun Mar 27, 2022 at 02:53:48 PM EST
    fear as means of getting the weak minded on board. However fear is a powerful emotion left unchecked and as history has shown can lead to great evil.

    These hearings cemented them (5.00 / 1) (#21)
    by Chuck0 on Sat Mar 26, 2022 at 07:09:11 PM EST
    As the GQP. All this child porn garbage is just an excerbation of Qanon conspiracy cr@p. There is no bottom, no decency, no shame.

    I would not repeat anything from this moron (none / 0) (#23)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Mar 26, 2022 at 07:15:55 PM EST
    but it really makes your point.

    understand her allegation, one must know that on Friday, police in Maine arrested former independent candidate Eliot Cutler on child pornography charges

    On Saturday, Boebert appeared to be referring Cutler's arrest when she linked it to Judge Jackson's nomination, describing him as a "Democrat (sic) megadonor."

    "The reason KJB was picked becomes more and more obvious as the days go on," she said, apparently referring to the judge's initials, KBJ.

    And (none / 0) (#29)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Mar 27, 2022 at 08:40:21 AM EST

    Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) went on a homophobic rant at Donald Trump's rally in Georgia telling Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to "stay out of our girls bathrooms," the Athens Banner-Herald reports.

    Said Greene: "You know what? Pete Buttigieg can take his electric vehicles and his bicycle, and he and his husband can stay out of our girls bathrooms. Yup."

    And, (5.00 / 3) (#30)
    by KeysDan on Sun Mar 27, 2022 at 09:09:29 AM EST
    It was a great line for her audience----laughter abounded.  Of course, her line doesn't.make sense, but it gives an opportunity to conflate gay with trans, the later having new hatred by her crowd.

    And bicycles (5.00 / 1) (#31)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Mar 27, 2022 at 09:22:18 AM EST
    They really hate bicycles .... under democrats

    I don't remember a problem with Dudya


    Which (none / 0) (#35)
    by FlJoe on Sun Mar 27, 2022 at 02:43:36 PM EST
    kind of proves my point about Fox, these people don't have an innate hatred of bicycles, the right wing outrage machines created it.

    Keeping the outrage flowing is a key element in the rise of tRumpism and right wing media produces it by the trainload.


    I'm fine with unisex bathrooms (5.00 / 4) (#32)
    by MO Blue on Sun Mar 27, 2022 at 10:26:36 AM EST
    but why would any man, gay or straight, stand in line to use the women's bathroom when they can walk right into the men's.