Tuesday Open Thread

“Fairness is what justice really is.”

–Justice Potter Stewart

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  1. bullshit! says:

    Iran deal hits 41! Congrats to the Obama administration and opponents of nuclear war everywhere.

    • BlueCat says:

      Good news but I'll have to check and see if Manchin is one of them and is saying no to joining filibuster. Hope to be back with more details….

    • BlueCat says:

      OK, Manchin decided no after all and so is out of the 41 picture. Coons seems likely to refuse to support a a filibuster. Cantwell and R Collins are still undeclared. On the slim chance Collins goes with supporting the deal I can't believe she'd support a filibuster . So that leaves Cantwell. If she decides to both support and go along with a filibuster that would make 42 and could make the 41 needed.

      Considering the ridiculous record breaking number of filibusters the Republicans have mounted, any complaints from them about small "d" democracy would be the height of hypocrisy. This is not to make the "Johnny does it too" argument that it's fine for Dems to filibuster because Rs have used it as a blunt instrument for so long. Just to point out that they have no moral high ground from which to accuse or complain.

      Just because Rs have made the filibuster a routine way of stifling small "d" democracy doesn't mean that filibuster is never a good thing. I think it should ideally be used as sparingly as possible but that in this case, it would be good for showing our allies that the deal didn't just escape destruction by a hair, rescued only by a veto, as would have been the case with a mere 34 in support, but that there was support to spare, a significant cushion, giving them more confidence about the fate of future international agreements to which the US is a party. I hope we can get a filibuster to make the strongest case possible for that confidence, though 41 or 42 in support, even without a filibuster, is a strong showing and a huge defeat for the swaggering GOP leadership that was just recently bragging about having the numbers to override a veto altogether. And besides….. in your face, you GOP SOBs.

      So far there hasn't been any talk of Bennet opposing a filibuster but having him be the fly in the ointment would only further erode enthusiasm for him among Colorado Dems. Hope he realizes that. And that it wouldn't gain him a single cross over vote. 

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/here-are-the-democrats-still-holding-out-on-the-iran-deal_55eee113e4b03784e2765f8c

  2. BlueCat says:

    Blahahahahahahahahahalaugh

  3. FrankUnderwood says:

    Kim Davis is out…….of jail, not the closet

    Yes, Judge Bunning has released her from custody. I gotta wonder whether her time in the slammer turned her even just a little bit Saphhic. Pehaps Dr. Carson will share with us his professional opinion on the matter.   

    • notaskinnycook says:

      He cut her loose conditioned on her staying out of the way while her clerks issue marriage licences to any qualified couple. The clerks are to report to the judge fortnightly and note any interference from Davis. He told her, one bad report and and he'd have marshals back on her like a duck on a junebug.

  4. Davie says:

    I predict Chris Christie will issue another denial that he had any knowledge of yet another corruption scandal in his administration.

    Three top United Airlines execs, including the CEO resigned as a result of a grand jury probe into a disgraced Christie crony and Port Authority CEO in an apparent quid pro quo bribery scheme.

    The chairman and CEO of United Airlines is stepping down in connection with an investigation into the airline's dealings with the former chairman of the agency that operates New York-area airports.

     

    Former Port Authority chairman David Samson's activities have been subject of document requests from the U.S. attorney's office in New Jersey, including Samson's votes on United Airlines projects at Newark Airport at the same time United was restarting flights from Newark to Columbia, South Carolina, near where Samson has a vacation home.

    United began an about twice-weekly direct flight from Newark to Columbia that began after Samson became chairman and was canceled days after he resigned last year.

    Samson, a former state attorney general in New Jersey, headed Gov. Chris Christie's transition team and was appointed chairman of the Port Authority by Christie in in 2011. He resigned in March 2014, several months after the scandal surrounding politically motivated lane closures at the George Washington Bridge the previous September.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/united-airlines-ceo-out-following-federal-investigation_55ef5313e4b03784e276fd64

    Gee, I used to believe State Attorney Generals understood what is legal and what isn't?  Just ask Cynthia Coffman (or not).

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