Obama to donors: We’re going to have Supreme Court appointments within the next two years, you know

posted at 5:21 pm on August 12, 2014 by Allahpundit

Only two possibilities, my friends. One: He’s talking out of his ass here, trying to scare the shinola out of well-heeled liberals in order to make them reach for their wallets before the midterms. (See also “impeachment.”) Two: The fix is in.

Over/under on when Ginsburg calls it quits is summer 2015.

“What’s preventing us from getting things done right now is you’ve got a faction within the Republican Party that thinks solely in terms of their own ideological purposes and solely in terms of how do they hang on to power. And that’s a problem,” Mr. Obama said at the Tisbury, Mass., home of Roger H. Brown, president of the Berklee College of Music.

“And that’s why I need a Democratic Senate. Not to mention the fact that we’re going to have Supreme Court appointments.”

You can, if you like, take that as an early hint that Reid intends to nuke the rest of the filibuster if another Court vacancy opens up. Right now, the filibuster still exists for Supreme Court nominees, albeit not for lower-court nominations; in theory, if Ginsburg quit tomorrow, the GOP would need only 41 votes to block her successor — unless Reid suddenly changes the rules once again, that is. Even if, against all odds, Democrats retained control of the Senate, no one thinks they’ll be anywhere near 60 seats next year. And no one seriously believes that Mitch McConnell, as majority leader, would block an Obama nominee from an up-or-down vote on the Senate floor. Which is to say, the only reason having an absolute Democratic majority might matter to O is if Reid’s already planning to get rid of the filibuster for SCOTUS appointments too and let Dems confirm the nominee with 51 votes.

As for whether O has inside info on impending retirements, why would he? If Ginsburg or Breyer is inclined to go soon, they have every incentive to do it now so that Senate Democrats can rubber-stamp their successor. Whispering to O that they’re on their way out but not until Republicans control the Senate makes no sense. Meanwhile, if any of the conservatives on the Court are inclined to go soon, there’s no reason why the White House would be uniquely privy to that info; it would leak to tapped-in conservatives too and they’d leak it in turn to conservative media, which would blare it from the mountaintops for the same reason O dropped this tidbit to his donors last night, i.e. to get the base even more excited to vote in the midterms. Ginsburg, the most likely justice to retire, not only has resisted every time she’s been quizzed about it by reporters, she’s actually taken to saying things like, “So tell me who the president could have nominated this spring that you would rather see on the court than me?”

If you still have doubts, check out WaPo’s graphic on SCOTUS retirements. They tend not to happen right before major elections, probably because most justices don’t want the vacancy they’ve created to upend a race that has otherwise been, and should be, about major policy differences.


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Meh, senate

Meh, RINOs will give him all he wants.

Schadenfreude on August 12, 2014 at 5:24 PM

“What’s preventing us from getting things done right now is you’ve got a faction within the Republican Democrat Party that thinks solely in terms of their own ideological purposes and solely in terms of how do they hang on to power. And that’s a problem,” Mr. Obama said at the Tisbury, Mass., home of Roger H. Brown, president of the Berklee College of Music.

Hey, Obama, you almost got one completely right. Almost.

Bitter Clinger on August 12, 2014 at 5:26 PM

“What’s preventing us from getting things done right now is you’ve got a faction within the Republican Democratic Party that thinks solely in terms of their own ideological purposes and solely in terms of how do they hang on to power. And that’s a problem,” Mr. Obama said

FIFY Mr. Preznet!

Patriot Vet on August 12, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Obama to donors: We’re going to have Supreme Court appointments within the next two years, you know

“We’re”??
I thought neutrality of SCOTUS appointments was the goal. “We’re” sounds biased and agenda driven.

Mimzey on August 12, 2014 at 5:26 PM

I predict Ruth Buzzi will be one of those.

fortcoins on August 12, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Is there a drone over the Supreme Court?

Oil Can on August 12, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Last Ditch. lost, you around for any of this?

Bmore on August 12, 2014 at 5:30 PM

obama will nominate Hillary.

Schadenfreude on August 12, 2014 at 5:30 PM

You know, Roosevelt backed down on his court packing plan. Who here thinks Obama would? He’d add Ayers, Cass Sunshine, and perhaps Elizabeth Warren. Who’s going to stop him if he pulled the trigger in the lame duck session? Reid? Please.

Vanceone on August 12, 2014 at 5:32 PM

King Barack and the Democrats are tanking in the polls. “War on Women!” isn’t working. “Immigration Reform!” isn’t working. “I stand with Barack!” isn’t working.

Let’s try something else to fire up the base!

GarandFan on August 12, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Keep Obama in preznit, you know?

He gave us a phone!

He gonna do more!

Galtian on August 12, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Smack talk to raise money, that’s all it is. I read last week that the Dem money donation machine is drying up and they are asking for discounts now.

Johnnyreb on August 12, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Valerie Jarret – “After We Win This Election, It’s Our Turn. Payback Time.” Did team obama just show their true intent
November 03, 2012
*****************

Jarrett said:


After we win this election, it’s our turn. Payback time. Everyone not with us
is against us and they better be ready because we don’t forget.

The ones who
helped us will be rewarded, the ones who opposed us will get what they deserve.

There is going to be hell to pay. Congress won’t be a problem for us this time.

No election to worry about after this is over and we have two judges
ready to go.”

http://www.sodahead.com/united-states/valerie-jarret-after-we-win-this-election-its-our-turn-payback-time-did-team-obama-just-show/question-3294603/?link=ibaf&q=&esrc=s

canopfor on August 12, 2014 at 5:33 PM

I fear maybe it’s Kennedy. The thugs from Chicago have already proven adept at blackmail and ramping up the pressure and weak spined Judas Roberts fell all over it.

Raquel Pinkbullet on August 12, 2014 at 5:33 PM

obama will nominate Hillary.

Schadenfreude on August 12, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Lolz! Perfect.

Bmore on August 12, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Justices Scalia, Thomas and Alito should get food tasters.

TarheelBen on August 12, 2014 at 5:35 PM

The Supreme Court better cancel that staff picnic at Ft Marcy Park, IYKWIASAITYD.

HumpBot Salvation on August 12, 2014 at 5:36 PM

the GOP would need only 41 votes to block her successor

LOLZ!!! Decorum and what not.

Bmore on August 12, 2014 at 5:36 PM

Only two possibilities, my friends.

Third option: Drones.

You can, if you like, take that as an early hint that Reid intends to nuke the rest of the filibuster if another Court vacancy opens up.

Of course they intend to nuke the rest of the filibuster, it was a delusion to think they’d show any sort of restraint for fear of reprisal. Democrats have always been about short-term gain, and then demonizing their opponents if there’s any chance those tactics will be used against them. It’s a safe bet to believe Republicans will be too weak to respond in kind… they’re the type who bring knives to a gun-fight.

Ukiah on August 12, 2014 at 5:37 PM

“Meanwhile, if any of the conservatives on the Court are inclined to go soon, there’s no reason why the White House would be uniquely privy to that info; it would leak to tapped-in conservatives too and they’d leak it in turn to conservative media,”

Obama has control of a vast spying conglomerate. Not just NSA, but FBI & DOJ who are more than willing to do his bidding.

Consider – Benghazi 9/11. The next 2 days, Petraeus starts to speak out that the party line of the video is bogus and wonders aloud why the military didn’t respond. Boom, the allegations of his affair are revealed and he is forced to resign.

Consider – Romney has a team of people who have been successful for 20 years, including tech savvy computer systems people. On election day, the computer systems fail, no explanation.

Consider – Roberts is poised to rule against Obamacare for weeks – and then changes the night before the ruling & quickly throws in with the dissent and writes a dissent that makes no sense. What do they have on him?

As they say, once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, any more is enemy action.

GlobalTrvlr on August 12, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Over/under on when Ginsburg calls it quits is summer 2015.
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I’m going with March!

canopfor on August 12, 2014 at 5:37 PM

If the Republicans get the Senate, they CAN put Obama’s liberal nominee through a “Bork” type nomination process. Use it to put liberalism on full court press.

But of course they won’t. Because they are neutered, toothless, impotent fools.

portlandon on August 12, 2014 at 5:38 PM

As for whether O has inside info on impending retirements, why would he?

Uh, NSA?

Dolce Far Niente on August 12, 2014 at 5:38 PM

If the Republicans get the Senate, they CAN put Obama’s liberal nominee through a “Bork” type nomination process. Use it to put liberalism on full court press.

But of course they won’t. Because they are neutered, toothless, impotent fools.

portlandon on August 12, 2014 at 5:38 PM

This.

Raquel Pinkbullet on August 12, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Obama and the Dems are punch drunk, lashing out with every idea they can muster to try to retain votes. It doesn’t have to make sense, as long as it pleases someone, anyone they are talking to at the moment.

Walter L. Newton on August 12, 2014 at 5:39 PM

The Supreme Court better cancel that staff picnic at Ft Marcy Park, IYKWIASAITYD.

HumpBot Salvation on August 12, 2014 at 5:36 PM

I do :)

WhirledPeas on August 12, 2014 at 5:42 PM

obama will nominate Hillary.

Schadenfreude on August 12, 2014 at 5:30 PM

How about both Bill and Hilliary.

First husband and wife team on SCOTUS.

Bill probably wouldn’t accept as both Kagan and Sotomayor are hags.

txdoc on August 12, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Won’t work. Liberals know Flimsy Graham & Co. will vote to appoint whichever forty-five year old Commie is put forth.

Ted the Average on August 12, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Bill probably wouldn’t accept as both Kagan and Sotomayor are hags.

txdoc on August 12, 2014 at 5:42 PM

And neither has knee pads and a blue dress.

txdoc on August 12, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Which changes the balance not at all.

If the glitterati really buy this, they got no business looking sown their noses at anybody else.

formwiz on August 12, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Ruthie will be carried out, she won’t quit and if the repubs win the senate the court will stand pat assuming they are all still breathing.

tim c on August 12, 2014 at 5:49 PM

And no one seriously believes that Mitch McConnell, as majority leader, would block an Obama nominee from an up-or-down vote on the Senate floor.

No one seriously believes Mitch would mount much of an opposition if he’s still the minority leader, either.

Midas on August 12, 2014 at 5:51 PM

How about both Bill and Hilliary.

First husband and wife team on SCOTUS.

Bill probably wouldn’t accept as both Kagan and Sotomayor are hags.

txdoc on August 12, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Yeah, but all those young law clerk interns hiding under his robes?

Boy, howdy – Bill would jump at the chance.

Midas on August 12, 2014 at 5:53 PM

By executive order, we will now have 11 Supreme Court justices. Oh look, vacancies.

Ronnie on August 12, 2014 at 5:55 PM

One: He’s talking out of his ass here, trying to scare the shinola out of well-heeled liberals in order to make them reach for their wallets before the midterms. (See also “impeachment.”)

AllahP, you didn’t EVEN need this one:

Two: The fix is in.

I seriously doubt this–if any Justice is going to leave, the announcement would be made after the elections.

*gasp!* You don’t think Ruthie, Breyer or Kennedy will abandon ship, letting zero know before anyone else, do you? Heck, if’n one of the “conservative” justices were considering retirement, you can BET that it would be shouted from the rooftops, complete with trumpet flourishes, balloons, parades…

Newtie and the Beauty on August 12, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Obama will be deemed completely irrelevant during his next two years. He knows it. He’ll do ANYTHING to stir up the base. What’s he gonna do? Off Ginsburg?

/Nothing is off the table when it comes to his uh-gendah

Key West Reader on August 12, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Which changes the balance not at all.
If the glitterati really buy this, they got no business looking sown their noses at anybody else.
formwiz on August 12, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Shame, isn’t it, that SCOTUS has to have a “balance” of ideology on the bench…

Newtie and the Beauty on August 12, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Pelican brief?

phxconservative on August 12, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Better employ a food taster Ruth and stay away from the Clintons.

trs on August 12, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Obama be Lyin Agin.

He’s such a tease. He’s doing the same thing there he did with the war on wimmin a couple weeks ago, and what he’ll do soon with the shooting – firing up his drum circle and motivating his dips—s to come out and vote.
It would be so much harder to whine about the Do Nothings if he had use that pen for veto’s on bills passed instead filed, not to mention cutting into all that travel time he spends fundraising.

The delegated spokesmodel is already explaining what he “really meant” and rolling that statement back.

Recon5 on August 12, 2014 at 6:23 PM

“What’s preventing us from getting things done right now is you’ve got a faction within the Republican Party that thinks solely in terms of their own ideological purposes and solely in terms of how do they hang on to power. And that’s a problem,” Mr. Obama said

PROJECTION

Let’s look at the Senators who voted against the confirmation of Chief Justice John Roberts:

NAYs —22
Akaka (D-HI)
Bayh (D-IN)
Biden (D-DE)
Boxer (D-CA)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Clinton (D-NY)
Corzine (D-NJ)
Dayton (D-MN)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Harkin (D-IA)
Inouye (D-HI)
Kennedy (D-MA)
Kerry (D-MA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Obama (D-IL)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Sarbanes (D-MD)
Schumer (D-NY)
Stabenow (D-MI)

And the Senators who voted against the confirmation of Justice Samuel Alito:

NAYs —42
Akaka (D-HI)
Baucus (D-MT)
Bayh (D-IN)
Biden (D-DE)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Boxer (D-CA)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Carper (D-DE)
Chafee (R-RI)
Clinton (D-NY)
Dayton (D-MN)
Dodd (D-CT)
Dorgan (D-ND)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feingold (D-WI)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Harkin (D-IA)
Inouye (D-HI)
Jeffords (I-VT)
Kennedy (D-MA)
Kerry (D-MA)
Kohl (D-WI)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Lieberman (D-CT)
Lincoln (D-AR)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Obama (D-IL)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Salazar (D-CO)
Sarbanes (D-MD)
Schumer (D-NY)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Wyden (D-OR)

The Democrats have already decided that what matters most is not the person’s qualifications, but rather their ideology.

Republicans should play by the same rules.

If Republicans win the Senate, and if Obama gets to nominate any more Supreme Court Justices, then each and every Republican in the Senate needs to vote the same way that Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, and many other Democrats voted on the nominations of Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito.

A Republican majority could deny “consent” to any more Sotomayors or Kagans, if the Republican majority plays by the Democrats’ new rules.

Unfortunately, I can see Senators like John McCain voting with the Democrats to give Obama any Judge/Justice that he wants to put on any Judicial bench.

ITguy on August 12, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Consider how corrosive it is that half the US actually believes the president might ‘do something’ to assure He gets to install a liberal stooge in the SCOTUS.

Now, consider the other half will willingly look the other way should he do exactly that and gets caught, on video with DNA evidence attached, and ten eyewitnesses who are VULCANS and thus cannot tell a lie who testify in open court that he did it.

Corrosive.

Tard on August 12, 2014 at 6:42 PM

And Spock was HALF Vulcan, so don’t try quoting a Star Trek storyline to me.

Tard on August 12, 2014 at 6:44 PM

They’re getting desperate.

Oxymoron on August 12, 2014 at 6:46 PM

I hope these words of president mom-jeans get plastered far and wide if anything unfortunate were to happen to any of the supreme court judges.

At this point, I wouldn’t put it past him or any of his clown car posse administration to TRY and ensure that he got to nominate two leftists to the SCOTUS.

TKindred on August 12, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Nice post Allah, expect it is well known in D.C. that 8 of 9 hate Obama’s guts. And the 9th wish Obama would blow away.(It’s a women and not Roberts.)

flackcatcher on August 12, 2014 at 7:23 PM

If the Republicans get the Senate, they CAN put Obama’s liberal nominee through a “Bork” type nomination process. Use it to put liberalism on full court press.

But of course they won’t. Because they are neutered, toothless, impotent fools.

portlandon on August 12, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Whomever the marxist nominates would just lie during the questioning. “The Constitution? Oh, yes, I love the Constitution. Gun rights? Oh, sure, it’s right there in that Constitution that I love. Free speech? Why nothing is more important than that.”

And then, as a voting justice, it’ll be just like Ginsburg and those two other national embarrassments Jugears put up there: “Constitution? You mean like Venezuela’s constitution? I just love Venezuela’s constitution, don’t you?”

Rational Thought on August 12, 2014 at 7:51 PM

If Ruth Buzzi Ginsberg retires, another liberal will take her place. Still doesn’t change the ideological balance of the Court.

pdigaudio on August 12, 2014 at 8:10 PM

Unless a “conservative” justice leaves, what difference does it make? Replace a liberal with a liberal and we have the same deal we have now. Not perfect but the best we can expect while The Won is in office and has the Senate.

Cindy Munford on August 12, 2014 at 8:14 PM

If Ruth Buzzi Ginsberg retires, another liberal will take her place. Still doesn’t change the ideological balance of the Court.

pdigaudio on August 12, 2014 at 8:10 PM

In that case yes, the downside is that the seat remains liberal for another 40 or so years. A minor downside, the Democratics might also come up with someone with some personality and charm to replace old stinky.

slickwillie2001 on August 12, 2014 at 8:41 PM

I don’t see how Supreme Court appointments serve as fundraising
bait — maybe a morale booster to get the base out to vote. The fix is in, most likely. This administration directly inluencing the high court is nothing new.

MaxBC on August 12, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Based on the tea leaves, none of the justices plan to retire for at least another year. Every one of them has hired a full slate of 4 clerks for the October 2014 Term.

blammm on August 12, 2014 at 9:58 PM