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Antonin Scalia is gone. The nastiest and noisiest of right-wingers on the Supreme Court is dead.

But he can’t be any more brain dead than Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the U.S. Senate. In a blatantly partisan ploy to prevent President Obama from nominating a successor to Scalia, McConnell has cited a historical precedent dictating that presidents who are in the last year of their term do not name new justices to the high court. “Therefore,” he babbled, “this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.”

What a silly old squirrel McConnell is! Article II of the U.S. Constitution plainly states that the president “shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint … Judges of the Supreme Court.” Note that the Constitution says the president “shall” do this — as a duty to the nation. Nothing in the founding document suggests that this power and duty is voided in an election year. In fact, 13 Supreme Court nominations have been made in presidential election years, and the Senate took action on 11 of them. McConnell’s assertion is bogus (and silly), for history and the Constitution clearly back Obama.

Ironically, one who would have nailed McConnell for such a slapstick political perversion of plain constitutional language is Scalia himself. He practiced what he called “originalism” in his official judgments, insisting that the Constitution must be interpreted only by the words in it and only by the original meaning those words had for the founders when they wrote them into the document.

McConnell’s squirrelly stall tactic is as ridiculous as it is shameful. It’s also totally hypocritical, since Mitch himself voted in February 1988 to confirm a Supreme Court nominee put forth by Ronald Reagan — in the last year of his presidency.

This leads me to ask, why should you and I have to keep paying McConnell’s salary? Not only is he a Senate majority leader who doesn’t lead; the lazy right-wing lawmaker really doesn’t do anything, refusing to pick up the legislative tools he’s been given and go to work on the many things that We The People — and America itself — need Congress to do. Imagine if you tried doing nothing on your job — just drawing your paycheck after ignoring your workload!

Repeatedly, this senatorial slug says no to every task at hand. Repair and replace the water pipes that leach lead and are poisoning families all across America? No, he yawns. Raise the minimum wage to help bridge the dangerous wealth gap separating the superrich from the rest of us? Don’t bother me with such stuff, Mitch snaps. Shut off that gusher of corrupt corporate money pouring into our elections and drowning the people’s democratic rights? Not my problem, shrugs the lumpish ne’er-do-well.

And now a straightforward constitutional duty has been handed to McConnell: Gear up the Senate’s “Advise and Consent” mechanism to approve or reject President Obama’s nominee to replace Justice Scalia. We’ll do it tomorrow, muttered the somnolent senator, content to put off his responsibility to our nation’s system of justice until next year, long after Obama is gone.

We’re paying this guy a salary of $174,000 a year, plus another $19,400 for his “service” as majority leader. It’s insulting that he won’t even go through the motions of doing his job. Of course, saying no to all the chores he ought to be doing for the people is exactly what the corporate sponsors of his Republican Party expect from him. They want an inert and unresponsive government, a poverty-wage economy, a plutocratic election system and a court of their own choosing.

So “Do Nothing” Mitch is their boy. But at the very least, shouldn’t they pay his salary, rather than sticking us with the cost?

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Photo: Mitch McConnell (R-KY)  speaks during an event at the U.S. Capitol in Washington December 9, 2015.  REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

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99 responses to “Why Should You And I Have To Keep Paying Mitch McConnell’s Salary?”

  1. Dominick Vila says:

    Mitch McConnell does not deserve to be a Senator, let alone earn a salary, for all the obstructionism he championed to ensure President Obama was not re-elected, and because of the latest temper tantrum over the constitutional need to replace a Supreme Court vacancy. Unfortunately, the people that elected and re-elected him are the same people who adore Donald Trump…and for the same reason. A segment of our population is not interested in traditional issues or concerns, and they don’t want to hear solutions. They want new people determined to destroy the socio-political system that contributed to the creation of the middle class, an economy that is the envy of the world, a military that is second to none because, allegedly, we have not won any wars in many years, and socio-economic changes designed to improve our standard of living and our international credibility.
    The supporters of people like McConnell and Trump want to turn our political system, our responsibilities as world leader, all the social progress we have made, and the contributions and sacrifices made by millions of Americans upside down, and start over following an undefined model that nobody has even considered. The truth is that they don’t really know what they want. The only thing they know is that they are afraid, consumed by hatred, and don’t want anyone who even resembles civility or pragmatism.

    • latebloomingrandma says:

      Absolutely true. And sadly, much of this anger and turning things upside down without any rhyme or reason is occurring on the barstools of America while Fox news is on the TV.

  2. Lynda Groom says:

    The author asks a very good question. I’m retired now after 45 years of working in the private sector. We had to do our jobs in order to get paid. McConnell should get a ‘real’ job and try his obstructive nonsense and see just how long he gets a paycheck.

    • itsfun says:

      Why should we pay any of these clowns. They just do what the Republican and Democratic Party heads tell them to do. We may think we are voting for people, but we aren’t.

      • Lynda Groom says:

        Another great question might be…just who are those Republican and Democratic Party heads you are talking about? Clearly not the heads of the RNC and DNC.

        • itsfun says:

          It is the what is being called the establishment. The big contributors, special interest groups that donate great sums of money to the parties. Haven’t you seen how pissed off people in this country are at not being paid any attention to? It is the heads of the RNC and DNC. If either party paid any attention to the wants and needs of the citizens, we wouldn’t be seeing a Donald Trump leading the Republicans and a Bernie Sanders doing so well in the Democratic party. How much of a chance do you think a Socialist would have had in any election in America 15 years ago?

          • Lynda Groom says:

            As usual, and even more so, the moneyed elite is pulling the strings. You are certainly correct that a very vocal portion of the country is ‘pissed off’ and searching for somebody to blame for what they believe had happened to them. Unfortunately there seems nobody on the political front that has a coherent plan or idea of how to fix anything. Probably because they too have no idea what the real problem are.

          • itsfun says:

            I don’t know if people are looking for someone to blame or just want the government out of just about every aspect of their lives. Many people believe the constitution is being ignored and hate that.

          • Lynda Groom says:

            My favorite canard is the folks ‘just want the goverment out of just about every aspect of their lives.’ That one always scores big in todays America.

            Paul Krugman penned an article today in which he speaks of what he termed ‘wingnut welfare.’ That would be the array of positions at right-wing media organizations, think tanks and so on that are always there for the loyal spear carriers.’ For decades that establishment has been exploiting the weakness of the average citizens to racial antagonistic rhetoric, and getting so-called working class whites (mostly) to hate or distrust their government. Those of decades of nonsense have created the current direction of todays republican party as displayed in last nights debate. Mud slinging over reasoned discussion and solution based debate.

            Yeah, the fallback position of anti-government stuff might have something to do with the state of todays America. Such has allowed the plutocrats to take control of the process….even more than they’ve always done.

          • dpaano says:

            Another problem is that the average American citizen no longer “owns” our government, which was supposed to be “for the people, by the people, and of the people.” Our current government is now owned by corporations, the 1%, and corporate lobbyists who pay to own our government. The parties no longer give a damned about what we, as citizens, want or need…..they only listen to the people who pay them. So, if people are angry at our government, they shouldn’t blame the President…..they need to blame our politicians and corporate lobbyists for the problems that are going on with our current government. Until we get money out of politics, especially money from these corporations and the 1%, then we will continue to no longer “matter” to our politicians! Our wants and needs are not their wants and needs!

          • dpaano says:

            It’s not being ignored….it’s being overrun by the Republicans in office….they interpret the Constitution as wrongly as they interpret the Bible! If they can twist the meanings to their liking….they twist like crazy!

          • itsfun says:

            Makes me feel just great to know that no Democrats interpret the Constitution as wrongly as they interpret the Bible. The next time anyone needs to know what the Bible or Constitution really say, should we contact you or a minister for the Bible, or you instead of a Supreme Court judge for the Constitution.

          • dpaano says:

            Sure, you can do that…..after all, I’ve read BOTH of these and feel that I can pretty much explain any portion of it.

          • itsfun says:

            yea right.

          • Lynda Groom says:

            Forgive me for not replying to the second part of your post. I too believe the Constitution is being ignored and it upsets me greatly to see that happening. Having said that I may be upset for different reasons than many.

            I’m disgusted to see that millions of my fellow citizens have had their ability to vote taken away. I’m equally disgusted to see that millions of my fellow citizens are denied equal protection under the law due they way they chose to live.

            And finally I’m very upset to see the Senate of these United States ignoring ‘their’ responsibilities to that sacred document by denying from the get go to even consider the Presidents appointed choice for the Supreme Court.

          • itsfun says:

            No need to apologize. I am not sure what you mean by saying millions have had their right to vote taken away. Also not sure what you mean about people not getting equal protection under our laws. So far the Senate hasn’t done anything about the Supreme Court. We will need to wait until Obama nominates someone and see what the Senate does. I doubt if the Senate will confirm anyone Obama nominates though. This is a political game that both parties play every day. I am sure you have seen what Biden, Schumer, and Obama have all said about appointing a new Judge in the last year to 18 months of a presidential term. now with the shoe on the other foot, the politicians just reverse what they said. I look at it as whats good for the goose is good for the gander. Politics is a very dirty business and I am certain it will remain that way. So much potential power is involved for it ever to be a nice clean process.

          • Lynda Groom says:

            As of 2010 about 3.4 million felons were denied the right to vote. A full 1.4 million of those had paid their debt to society. As of Oct of 2014 33 states had come up with one form or another of voter ID laws. A full 18% of citizens over 65 do not have the required form of ID to allow them to vote. That number represents up to 6 milliion people. According to AARP the number of voter age citizens w/o such ID is perhaps as high as 21 million.

            In addition it has been estimated that among African Americans of voting age a full 25% don’t have documents that comply with those new voter ID laws, as compared with 8% of voter age Whites. Up to 15% of workers earning less than $35K annually lack the new valid ID required to vote.

            The new voter ID laws in Texas as an example have disenfranchised up to 600K. Thats just one state.

            Before the Supreme Court decision of 2015 regarding same sex marriage at least 13 states had bans of one form or another. Some of these same states are still attemping to pass further bans, or further delay the due process of law and equal protection under the law to there citizens. The attempts to deprive citizens of equal protection continues, as you surely must be aware.

            It should not be forgotten that when Biden made his remarks it was in June as the Court was reaching the end of its term. Also there was no vacancy, so he was talking about a ‘hypothetical vacancy. A full 10 minutes into Biden’s speech he actually promised to consider a moderate Supreme Court anominee.

            ‘I believe that so long as the public continues to split its confidence between the branches, compromise is the responsible course both for the White House and for the Senate. Therefore I stand by my position, Mr. President, if the President (George Bush) consults and cooperates with the Senate or moderates his selections absent consuiltation, then his nomineees may enjoy my support as did justices Kennedy and Souter.’

            A few days ago Biden clarified his statement of 1992 as follows. ‘Nearly a quarter a century ago, in June 1992, I gave a lengthy speech on the Senate floor about a hypothetical vacancy on the Surpreme Court. Some critics say that one excerpt of my speech is evidence that I oppose filing a Supreme Court vacancy in an election year. This is not an accurate description of my views on the subject. Indeed, as I conclude in the same statement critics are pointing to today, urged the Senate and White House to work together to overcome partisan differences to ensure the Court functions as the Founding Fathers intended. That remains my position today.’

            When Chuck made his remarks in 2007(?) it is also far to note there were no Court vacancies. He was also making a hypothetical vacancy remark, not matter how ill advised his remark may have been. Indeed Chuck is known for placing his foot in his oversized mouth….but there is no need to make his asinine comment worse that it was actually.

          • itsfun says:

            Hi: Have felons ever been allowed to vote? I don’t know. I don’t have any problems with requiring a valid ID to vote. If I want to cash a $5 check I have to show a id. Did you know that to get into the political speeches and town halls, we have been seeing on tv, a person has to show a valid ID? When I bought my college books (years and years ago) I had to show a ID. I think every state should provide a legal ID to every registered voter in their state. I don’t think its a racial issue, but a issue of being a legal citizen of the United States. I don’t agree with anyone that believes illegal immigrants should be voting. I don’t understand why anyone making less than 35000 should not be allowed to vote. The proper IDS should be free to all legal citizens. I don’t see where any state should be interfering in anyone’s bedroom or marriage. That problem should be getting fixed after the SC ruling. I hope so, but there will always be people that feel superior and will fight to the brutal end. So Far Obama has not nominated anyone, so we need to wait and see if the Republican Senate has a hearing or not. Have a good Saturday night.

          • Lynda Groom says:

            If you look at Texas you will find that a college ID does not qualify you to vote, but a gun license does. The problem is these states have set up ID procedures that determine what is a valid ID. Just having a drivers license may not be enough. Whats a valid ID is the question.

            This 69 year old woman, Josephine Okiakpe, appeared in Federal Court to give her testimony of what happened to her in Virginia in 2014. She arrived at her polling site with a voter registration form, Medicare card, Social Security card, and a utility bill only to be told she could not vote. Her documents did not quality here to vote.

          • itsfun says:

            Things like that shouldn’t happen. In Texas I can understand why a college id wouldn’t qualify. If people in Texas have to pass a background check to get a gun license, then I have no problem with that. I think every State should issue free of charge a voting card to all registered voters. That would fix the problem of not having the right ID. That would have fixed the problem in Virginia. I don’t have a problem with making one show they are legally eligible to vote for the President of the US and the Senators and Representatives. If any State makes laws that are intended to stop anyone or any group of legal citizens from voting, that is wrong and should be corrected immediately.

          • Lynda Groom says:

            Does a background check in Texas consist of proof of citizenship, or just lack of criminal activity???

          • itsfun says:

            Good question. I don’t know. If it doesn’t then it shouldn’t be used as a proper id for voting.

          • dpaano says:

            Which is really ridiculous considering she wouldn’t be getting Social Security OR Medicare benefits if she wasn’t a valid citizen, and who should be able to legally vote!

          • dpaano says:

            One of the biggest problems is actually GETTING the proper ID. Some people who were born in their homes many years ago don’t have a valid birth certificate, which states sometimes require in order for you to get an ID; others are too poor, disabled, or live too far away from a DMV and can’t get there to get an ID. It isn’t easy to get these, especially in some of the Southern states, and they certainly don’t go out of their way to accept any other form of valid identification!

          • itsfun says:

            They must have filed income tax returns sometimes in their lives. If they have a SS number, they should be able to use that to get a ID. A free ID should be sent to every registered voter. How do they get registered to vote? If they are too old to get a free ID, how do they get food? A registered voter can get absentee ballots.

          • dpaano says:

            Gosh, and who allowed that to happen….Citizens United!!! Prior to that, elections and nominees were not allowed to take big contributions to their campaigns (now called PACS)! We can thank Scalia and the Supreme Court for that piece of trash!

  3. ray says:

    The repugs makeup the constitution as the see fit.

  4. Insinnergy says:

    I’m enjoying the irony of the Constitution-Lovers who shove the wording of the second amendment down everyone’s throats constantly, explaining why tradition (which isn’t even a tradition) is more important than the words in the actual document.

    Of course I’m sure they don’t appreciate it to the same degree. The ability to register high levels of hypocrisy appears to have been lost to the GOP for some time.

    i.e.
    – Put massive money into the Pentagon Weapons development programmes (which USE SCIENCE) and then deny Science. You realise that all of those corporations that have their Kochs down your throats ALL use sophisticated Science, right?
    – Demand that Welfare be shutdown because it promotes dependency… Then hand billions of dollars to Coal, Gas, Oil, Corn Farmers and other corporations and niche businesses which those businesses DEPEND ON TO SURVIVE.
    – Push massive restrictions around Women’s contraception, health, and abortion… allow Men to buy viagra or whatever the hell they like with zero restrictions.
    – Demand drug tests for welfare recipients… No drug tests for Members of the Senate or the House. Firstly… if you think they’re all clean you’re an idiot. Secondly… who is likely to cost us more money if they are high? A person on basic welfare, or one of the people who run the entire country?
    – Demand everyone obey the words of the Constitution… then create laws that advantage one religion.

    Just. F***ing. Idiots.

    • @HawaiianTater says:

      Yeah but my question is… how are things in NZ? lol

    • itsfun says:

      Doesn’t the Constitution say the President shall appoint with the advice and consent of the Senate? It doesn’t say the Senate shall give consent. In this case it looks like the Senate won’t give consent.

      • jmprint says:

        with the advice and consent of the Senate? And the are not doing their job. They need to advice and consent now, not after President Obama is not in office.

        • itsfun says:

          They don’t have to consent to anybody. They have the option to not consent. Actually the Congress sets the number of Supreme Courts Judges. If the Congress wanted to, they could say there will be only 8 judges or 7 judges. There is nothing in the Constitution that sets the number of judges.

    • Eleanore Whitaker says:

      I think if you read a bit more on the Confederacy, you’ll see that in their view in those days, they used the same language to control their free slave labor.

  5. itsfun says:

    Isn’t the Republican just doing what Joe Biden said they should do, or what Obama has said himself?

      • Eleanore Whitaker says:

        Republicans are not Republicans anymore…they are belligerent, contrarian, obstructive spiteful little boys who are loyal to the Stars and Bars…not the Stars and Stripes. And behind all of that are their big money masters who enjoy pulling the strings that are choking hell out of all Americans and peeing on the Constitution.

    • Eleanore Whitaker says:

      No they are not. McConnell announced publicly that no only will the Republicans NOT meet to approve or disprove the candidates chosen, but as McConnell stated, “We not meet any candidate this president chooses.”

      What the Republicans are doing is an unprecedented display of government takeover by trying to equalize their legislative duties with the executive branch of government.. Joe Biden NEVER refused for the entire Democratic party to meet any candidate. And if you know the history of the most controversial candidates chosen by the Republicans NOT ONE was ever refused a meeting with the Senate.

      • itsfun says:

        You can play all the word games you want to, but when the shoe was on the other foot, the Democrats said the same things the Republicans are saying now. Its just more of whats good for the goose is good for the gander.

        • Eleanore Whitaker says:

          Unlike you and your Republicans, I don’t need word games…I have truth you can’t stand. NO Senate has EVER refused in U.S. History to hold meetings to approve or disappove of a candiate any president has chosen…So liar …you can feast at the table of denial like all conservative liars always do until your guts explode…But you cannot EVER hope to prove a negative…This is bigotry you two bit bigot. Go Fly your Confederate flag…

          • itsfun says:

            So you are just going to deny what Obama, Biden, Schumer said. If anyone is a bigot, its you and you are also a liar and have no idea what the truth is.

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            No..YOU are the little spiteful CON who can’t accept that the right of EVERY US President has been to select a nominee to fill vacancies on the SC. You are a liar and you know it. But, you know what? You and your liar boys have just about run out of time to prove you have any sense of honor or integrity.

            No Senate has ever in US history did what McConnell has done and I’ll force YOU to prove it…show us where in the history of SC vacancies any Senate has REFUSED to even meet a SC candidate…Get to it you overfed denier of truth. I want you to post this..I know you can’t because it has NEVER occurred before…You’d better be able to prove what you posted or stop posting your BS.

            You are a bigot…your posts ALL prove that and all those veiled excuses you CON men make by saying you just don’t approve of Obama’s policies is another way of saying, “I am a bigot” and I love when that drawling swaggering drunk Bush was president and sat our 8 years while we danced with joy at his failings…
            Try again hot shot…Cons like you fool no one but yourselves.

          • itsfun says:

            you just proved you are a bigot, you hate obese people. Do you hate short and tall people too? Whether you like it or not, the Senate doesn’t have to approve any candidate. You call people names for doing exactly what you do. You are just a old hateful bigoted and racist person.

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            WRong again…I’ll prove it…Alaska is a Republican state. It has the distinction of being No. 1 in freeloading off my tax dollars. When this state pays $1 in federal taxes, it gets a return of $1.87 and that doesn’t include the $1200 tax subsidies every man, woman and child gets just for living in a frontier state.

            Then, there is Texas. No. 2 on the Freeloader list…It gets $1.78 for the $1 paid in federal taxes…but that doesn’t include that $16 billion their REpublicans handed them for Big Oil. Not to mention that the rest of us are helping them pay for their pollution clean up and spill fines.

            NY, NJ, CT, MD, VT, MA and NH all get an average of 55 cents for their $1 in federal taxes.

            I am a bigot when it comes to grifters and freeloaders who suck up to their so called Mutton Chops and Corn Pone cultures and I have to work harder, longer and for less to support their lazy butts. That means anyone but you is a bigot of lazy butts.

          • itsfun says:

            Just what does Alaska, Texas, NY, NJ, have to do with this blog? How much money have tax payers spent cleaning up the pollution in LA and other CA cities?

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            Only a moron can’t connect the cost of Republican states and the burden they place on other states. So…to elucidate for uneducated morons, what is has to do with this thread is that the lion’s share of the U.S. budget feeds lazy people who know they can only keep their regressive states afloat by forcing other states to pay for lazy jerks like McConnell who like all Mutton Chops thinks he is a plantation owner and we are his slaves…get it yet or do I need to explain further the difference between lazy men and women who sit back and expect others to provide for them?

            By the way, you get today’s DUH award for moronics.

          • dpaano says:

            They’ve paid NOTHING to clean up poll in California, and FEMA hasn’t paid HALF of what they promised to clean up Louisiana after Katrina! Again, do your homework!

          • itsfun says:

            If FEMA hasn’t paid half of they promised to clean up after Katrina, why hasn’t Obama done anything about it? He has had almost 8 years to fix that.

          • dpaano says:

            You might want to ask the Congress about that since they are the ones that approve expenditures….it’s not like President Obama can just sit down and write a check himself! Everything he requests from Congress gets turned down automatically….doesn’t matter what it is or who it will benefit!

          • itsfun says:

            Come on: He gets what he wants. How else could he have run the national debt to 19 trillion.

          • dpaano says:

            Yeah sure, he got jobs for veterans (turned down by the House), and I could go on and on about what the Congress has blocked. As for the national debt….not sure how many times and how many people have explained to you that part of that $19 trillion debt was due to Bush’s unpaid for war and his unpaid for Pharmacy plan……President Obama got that added to his budget when he took office (someone had to pay it…..), so don’t start bitching about the national debt….it goes up every year pretty much due to inflation. And, as I’ve explained before, the Congress is the group that approves any debt that comes alone….President Obama has nothing to do with the country’s checkbook!

          • itsfun says:

            When Congress didn’t want to give Obama all he wanted, he threatened to shut down the government. In one case he did. The Congress didn’t shut down the government by giving in to Obama’s demands. The national debt has gone up more with Obama than any other President. When Obama was campaigning he said Bush letting the Debt get to 10 trillion was irresponsible and unpatriotic What does he say about his letting the national debt get to 19 trillion? He will want to blame Congress for giving him what he wanted.

          • dpaano says:

            First of all, President Obama wasn’t the one who shut down the government…..it was the Congress! They wanted to use the budget as a hostage to get what they wanted, and when they found out that the President wouldn’t give them everything they wanted…they took their ball and went home! Secondly, AGAIN, part of the $19 trillion was from ex-President Bush who never added the cost of his war and pharmacy program to HIS budget, so it got added to President Obama’s budget…..if you subtract that cost, you would clearly see that President Obama has spent less than any president when it comes to the national debt. The $10 million that was spent by Bush did NOT include the cost of his war or his pharmacy program…..if it had, it would have been MUCH more than any president has spent while in office, including President Obama.
            Please don’t respond because you have NO idea what you’re talking about and you refuse to do your research. I don’t have time to educate you!

          • itsfun says:

            You can’t face the truth and don’t have the knowledge to educate a 2 year old.

          • dpaano says:

            Boy, you sure like to twist words, don’t you, but you NEVER answer the questions you’re asked…..typical!

          • itsfun says:

            what question?

        • jmprint says:

          No they did not, they might not have voted, but they did their job and allowed the procedure to take place.

          • itsfun says:

            Lets see have a procedure then deny or don’t bother to waste tax payer money for a procedure you are going to deny anyway. Whats the big difference?

      • dpaano says:

        They also refuse to review his budget….another blockade they’ve begun. Why are we paying them anyway….isn’t this supposed to be OUR government and NOT the Republican’s solely!

    • Joan says:

      Well that is where you are wrong. The quotes attributed to Bidden were not about the same situation and needed to be taken in context in order to understand his meaning. I have no idea what statement by our President you might be making reference to, but I have no doubt it will be equally specious, but thanks for playing. Itsfun will be receiving a lovely parting gift – Fox News forever.

      • itsfun says:

        So when a Democrat says something, it doesn’t really matter because words don’t mean anything? Obama in 2006 when he was a Senator said Bush shouldn’t be allowed to pick a Supreme Court judge because he only had 18 months left to be in office. Do a little bit of research and you will see the Democrats would have done the same thing the Republicans are threatening to do.

        • dana becker says:

          Obama did not refuse to do his job. That is a big difference.

          • itsfun says:

            Yes he has. He allows illegals to remain illegally in our country. He ignores laws he doesn’t like.

          • dpaano says:

            President Obama’s administration has sent more illegals home than any other president before him….do your homework!

          • itsfun says:

            Obama and his administration changed the definition of deporting illegals. He considers stopping a illegal from coming in is deporting them. That is what makes his numbers look good. Do Your homework.

  6. 1Zoe55 says:

    One state elects this McConnell whereas President Obama won a majority of votes in the last two national elections. Since the Republican/TeaParty love the Constitution so much, why not do your job to at least consider the proposed candidate for the Supreme Court? Why does McConnell and his ilk always make it a confrontation from the get-go? At least McConnell could give the impression that he is actually doing his job. Listen, advise, and then vote down the proposed candidate. But then that’s exactly what you’re afraid of, isn’t it?

  7. charleo1 says:

    More GOP pandering to a hard core base that control their primaries. Many of whom sincerely loathe Mitch McConnell, and believe they’d be better off if the entire Federal Gov. was shut permanently. Being the experts and literal Constitutionalists that they are, (snark-snark) They interpret the Senate’s advise and consent role so laid out, as the perfect opportunity provided by the “wise, and great Founders,” to squat, and block procedure, and that’s Mitch McConnell’s reality. And the job he knew he was elected to do going in as majority leader. If one looks at his eduction, and background, it’s obvious he’s a smart and ambitious guy. So he’s probably not privately very proud of himself, having to always be publicly squatting, and impeding, twisting, and taking absurd, nonsensical positions as the supposed, “Leader of the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body.” If it’s any solace, it’s just not much fun being a Republican politician anymore. Just ask John Boehner how much fun he was having.

  8. FT66 says:

    If McConnell is pressurised, he will act. The salary he earns is tax payers money. He is not working for himself, he is working for us. He has no right to choose what work to do and what to be kept pending. Our hard earned money go to him and he must work for it the way we work for our pay. Candidates on Dem side have to highlight this issue wherever and whenever they campaign. Once it catches fire, McConnell will be forced to act.

    • Paul Bass says:

      McConnell can, and no doubt will, delay till after the election. Why not?

      If he doesn’t delay, the Tea Party will kill the GOP next primary. If he does delay, there is no cost at all, the safe gerrymandered districts will STILL vote GOP.

      He has no reason (except the Constitution) to bring up the vote, so he won’t.

      • Eleanore Whitaker says:

        He can “delay” but the ramifications are that McConnell and his jailbird Republicans know that come hell or high water, there will be Republican president whether we hold an election or not. Why else would the GOP bullies delay?

      • FT66 says:

        Sorry thats the wrong math. If the heat is switched on now, for sure he will feel it. He understands there are a lot of senator seats in play come November. Whether they will win election (of what I know they will not) or lose, if the senate will fall in the hands of Dems, there is no way their pick for Supreme Court will go through.

  9. Vasant Desai says:

    Does he really deserve this and for performing what duties?

  10. nana4gj says:

    We should have suspended the salaries of whomever in Congress shutdown the government when they did that; of whomever wrote to Iran’s Ayatollah to inform him the President’s negotiations were without authority. We should do that now, for McConnell and the Senate Judiciary Committee, until they do their job with due diligence, not just pro forma.

    Demands from the people do not influence them. Elections do, but that takes too long. Money in their pockets might influence them, the lack of their salaries, that is.

    If any of us stopped fulfilling our responsibilities at work because we didn’t like something that we had to do, would we continue to be receive our paychecks? Would we even still have a job?

    But how to do that?

    • Eleanore Whitaker says:

      If the Democratic minority which has equal rights to any majority under the Constitutuon refuses to take action to stop this NOW, it will be up to We, the People, to do what they won’t…punish the GOP to the fullest extent of Constitutional law. These spiteful Big MOney Republicans cannot use our tax dollars to Republicanize law in this country.

      • nana4gj says:

        You know, last evening some blond woman was talking about” a Republican President, a Republican House, a Republican Senate…..” and I was perfectly poised and ready for the next to be…..”and a Republican Supreme Court….” She stopped short, however.

        Is Impeachment out of the question, by citizens?

    • RED says:

      While I agree, we need to do something, don’t kid yourself about their salaries. For most of them their salary is just play money and they would be just fine without it. They’re not like normal people who have tow work for a living. Now, of course, they are money grubbing scumbags, so they do squeeze every possible dollar they can out of anything they touch. But it wouldn’t hurt them the way it would me or you.

      • Eleanore Whitaker says:

        I have to agree Red. Guys like McConnell, with his Wall Street billionaire wife, McCain and Issa all rich men either through their wives or their daddies, have nothing to lose.

        Your post proves that punishment has to fit their crimes. If they refuse to do their jobs, they should be removed from office.

        • dana becker says:

          They are violating their oath of office by violating the Constitution.

          Just goes to show we really are not a country ruled by laws. Also that the GOP treats the Constitution much like their Bibles. Cherry picked.

          This borders on Treason and has become a habit with this Congress and the one prior with 47 Senators writing to a foreign country undermining their countries President. This really is beyond the pale.

        • David says:

          Eleanore!!! Rich? Is that bad? Maybe, Billy and Hildebeast weren’t “flat broke” when they left the Whitehouse. They certainly aren’t now, are they?

    • Irishgrammy says:

      Unfortunately the only method we have to stop their government salary and benefits, is the ballot box because they certainly will never institute a law “docking” their pay for lack of actual work accomplished, ever! And what is becoming more and more evident is too many of the people that vote for the McConnells, Paul Ryans, and all the other idiots preventing an affective government from functioning while being paid a healthy salary for 110 days of work for this calendar year alone(OMG), their constituents keep sending these failures back to D.C……..Without exception, Mitch McConnell is the most wretched, disingenuous, underhanded, hateful obstructionist and has and is continuing to be to the bitter end, the single most representative reason this country is so damn angry in his disgusting attempt to prevent Pres. Obama from accomplishing anything for the MAJORITY of Americans who voted him into office TWICE by overwhelming numbers. It has never mattered to McConnell, or for that matter any of the Republicans that the American people spoke loud and clear, McConnell et al were and are just going to turn a deaf ear and blind eye to American people and do what Republicans have been doing for decades now, do as they please, force their edicts down peoples gullets, and protect, enrich, and pander to their 1% base while feeding the social BS to the rest of their ignorant intolerant base “promising” those people that “they, the Republicans” will “legislate” morality, they will “legislate” religion, they will “cure” the nation of all it’s “sinful” ills……….which, in fact, will never happen and they know it, because most of it would clearly be deemed unconstitutional….but the GOP loves to stoke the flames of hate and division, have been doing it for decades and McConnell has every intention of continuing until he dies or leaves office. His treatment and actions towards Pres. Obama along with most of the Republican party has been a disgrace and affront to what this country is supposed to represent and a mockery to the entire ideal of democratic governing.

  11. Eleanore Whitaker says:

    Here is the true issue regarding the Supreme Court: It is a court of law. Not, a court of REPUBLICAN law. Back in 2001, GWB tried desperately to Texify the court system when he installed Alberto Gonzalez, a Texas lawyer as head of the Justice Department. Gonzalez immediately began hiring ONLY Republican U.S. Attorneys for the Justice Department. As we know, by 2007, Gonzalez was forced to resign because of his partisanship which has NO PLACE in law.

    Fast foward to 2016 and now Mitch McConnell is trying to Republicanize the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land and worse, is placing many legal issues that need to be resolved by up or down rulings from the Supreme Court, in grave danger.

    How dangerous does this need to get? Last night, I listened as Harry Reid and Dick Durbin both cited the U.S. Constitution article that gives the President the right to fill SC positions.

    McConnell and his power freaks have decided not only will they rewrite the Constitution, but they won’t even meet with any candidate the President puts forth for their approval.

    Where the hell is the Democrat uprising? Is there no stopping the GOP? It is long past time to censure these Confederate Republicans. McConnell should be censored for the mere hint of refusing to obey Constitutional law.

    • Paul Bass says:

      Without that 5th vote on the SC they won’t be able to steal any future elections!

      • Eleanore Whitaker says:

        It may also work in reverse…Any future elections would automatically be decided by Republican majorities. This is not the real reason these control freaks of the GOP are pulling this stunt…It what they have worked so hard for nearly 8 years to accomplish..to prove they can CONTROL this president’s every move. These are bigots. Once you start from that point, you see all else they have been desperate to accomplish.

        You better learn to whistle Dixie and live like a plantation slave…because that IS what these drawling, swaggering Mutton Chops and Corn Pone Kings are after and won’t be satisfied until it is a done deal.

        • Paul Bass says:

          I live in TX, its not quite that bad!

          Though I agree with my older black friends who say there are only 7 words you can say to LEOs, “Yes, sir.”, “no, sir.”, and “Thank you, sir.” Anything else can get you shot!

        • David says:

          Eleanore!!!! What are the serfs living like in Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit and Camden?

    • David says:

      Eleanore!!! Will we censor McConnell before or after we censor Obomo and Biden for doing the same thing?

  12. Eleanore Whitaker says:

    Ever notice how the biggest crooks in the country all tend to be Mutton Chops or Corn Pone Kings who call themselves “conservatives?” There’s a reason for this…Conservatives today are not the Eisenhower conservatives …these crooks have a disease called “affluenza.” The very thought of having to be middle class makes these pigs of excess puke.

    So when they pay off Republican politicians to politicize the SC, they know it means keeping all working middle class Americans working harder, longer and for less. As for women..politicizing the SC is to them, the same obsessive, compulsive control freak disorder Hitler had.

    Once law is politicized, these Republicans are using the same Orwellian tactics to force Americans under their control. To these Republicans, “1984” is their instruction book.

    • David says:

      Eleanore!!!! Ever notice how the biggest hypocrites, cowards and spenders of public funds all tend to be Democrats continually elected by the serfs they rule over in Detroit, Philadelphia, Chicago, etc.? To the Demorats, “The Communist Manifesto” is their instruction book.

  13. Eleanore Whitaker says:

    There actually is a way to stop this and place the control in the hands of Americans…You know how there is a section on ballots for “write ins?” Why not add a new section called “Write Outs” …to write out any ineffective, lawbreaking politician?

    You know that the Cons in Republican states are never going to allow their constituents any politicial influence to remove these slackers from office.

    You now have Republican governors that cannot be removed from office like Walker, Christie, Snyder, Scott and LePage, all of whom have ruled like Hitler over their states and used their veto power against the wishes of their state voters.

    If these elected officials refuse to do the job they were elected to do, they are violating the oath of office they all swear to.

  14. Steve Kelly says:

    Totally unacceptable and irresponsible. Stop their pay!

  15. Eden Keel says:

    maconnell the gigantic piece of sheet should just pass away into the sunset and take a dump because that is the only good part of him worth keeping

  16. oldfed says:

    I agree Jim. We need to stop paying Biden and Barak as well as most of his cabinet heads

  17. dana becker says:

    Something I have been wondering about too. For the whole useless lot of them.

  18. kingartie1 says:

    I’m puzzled by the semi-worship of Scalia that some indulge. The article states:

    He practiced what he called “originalism” in his official judgments, insisting that the Constitution must be interpreted only by the words in it and only by the original meaning those words had for the founders when they wrote them into the document.

    But then, how does this explain his support of corporate money in campaigns. Way back when, there was relatively little money in campaigns beside the peoples’ money. We funded it, in part, by checking boxes on our tax returns. But Scalia and his cronies decided that corporations, and their vast sums, deserved a voice in the election process. But there is no mention of “corporation” in the Constitution. If he is a so-called “Originalist”, how did he rationalize his vote for Citizens United? How can corporations be citizens when they are not mentioned in the original Constitution? Number of times the word “citizen” or “citizens” is in the Constitution (the Original document and all 27 Amendments): 22. Appearance of “corporate” or “corporations” — 0. As in zero. Zero. Therefore, the word “citizen” and “corporation” cannot be linked under any “Originalist” interpretation, as there was no word “corporation” included to interpret. So, logically, Scalia’s claim to be a robust scholar of the “Original” document is illogical and therefore invalid. His own self-promotion was apparently swallowed without critical analysis by the fawning press, particularly the right wing nuts like Mr. Cruz, whose every other utterance seems to contain a reference to God, Constitution, their inarguable insight into what the Founding Fathers actually meant by “a well-regulated militia”, and so forth.

    Secondly, to that 2nd Amendment thing, which was of course written in the late 18th century. Any automatic weapons in 1789? AK-47s, AR-15s, Glocks, M-16s, SR 50s, and so on. Nope. Single shot muzzle loading gunpowder muskets and pistols. Period. So the 2nd Amendment could only have been written with those firearms in mind? Is there any mention in the “original” Constitution about high-capacity assault rifles or machine guns or gun show sales or background checks? No. So Scalia could not have found reference to and therefore explicit approval of such weapons and such sales or controls because they were never on the minds of the writers of the Original? So, if was an Originalist, where and how does he justify his approval of language and laws and legislation of an arsenal of weapons and of sales and regulation methods — that did not exist in 1789?

    So, Scalia was NOT an Originalist after all. Merely doing what Republicans do best, which is proclaim themselves to be, market themselves to be, portray themselves to be, a creature they are not. This way, they fool others into buying into, and granting, and accepting, their power. But it always different, or false, or other. Originalist, my ass.

    • David says:

      You are mistaken. If you read his words on the 2nd Amendment, you will see that the intent of the Framers was that the citizenry be armed to resist a tyrannical government. But, let’s take your argument further. Was there television or radio at the time the 1st Amendment was written? How about Facebook, Twitter or even the internet? Nope, only letters and written proclamations. “Period. Therefore, the 1st Amendment could only have been written with those [means of communication] in mind.” Do you really think so? Then why the 2nd Amendment? Because you are frightened? Or, because your argument is fallacious.

  19. dpaano says:

    I believe the Constitution trumps (pun on words) the “historical precedences” since they are NOT laws. I thought the Law of the Land was the Constitution and even Scalia agreed with that one. I don’t think he’d be on O’Connell’s side on this argument!

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