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#297075 - 12/06/16 11:21 AM Senate Democrats Have One Shot At Saving SCOTUS - Will They?
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On January 3, 2017, Democrats will hold the majority in the Senate for a few minutes, until the newly-elected Senators are sworn in. Biden could convene the Senate in those few minutes and call for a vote. The majority could then suspend the rules and vote in Merrick Garland.

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Do Dems have the balls to pull this stunt off? (Sadly, I don't think so... cry )
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#297079 - 12/06/16 11:40 AM Re: Senate Democrats Have One Shot At Saving SCOTUS - Will They? [Re: pdx rick]
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They've been really short in the "balls" department...
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#297083 - 12/06/16 03:48 PM Re: Senate Democrats Have One Shot At Saving SCOTUS - Will They? [Re: pdx rick]
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To me the question should be, should they take advantage of this tiny window, if it were even to exist?
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#297095 - 12/07/16 01:38 AM Re: Senate Democrats Have One Shot At Saving SCOTUS - Will They? [Re: Ujest Shurly]
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I am not enthralled with their nominee, but the Democrats lost this election IHMO because they have no balls, think everything through too much and therefore look week and indecisive.

Personally I think that is a good thing, but clearly many voters do no.
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#297099 - 12/07/16 05:12 AM Re: Senate Democrats Have One Shot At Saving SCOTUS - Will They? [Re: pdx rick]
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Here's the thing.. If this ploy would work, it should be used to restore a semblance of balance. On the other hand, it would pretty much guarantee that the new Congress would eliminate the filibuster, which is the only real check Democrats still have.
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#297102 - 12/07/16 11:52 AM Re: Senate Democrats Have One Shot At Saving SCOTUS - Will They? [Re: pdx rick]
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I think that ol' handsome Joe should pull-off this stunt AND THEN spend the next for years running for POTUS in 2020. smile
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