Democrats can’t even compromise competently


He’s laughing at you, Joe.

This is the deal.

President Joe Biden struck a deal with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to nominate Chad Meredith, a Republican anti-abortion advocate, to a federal judgeship on the Eastern District of Kentucky, Slate has confirmed. Under the arrangement, Meredith would take the seat currently occupied by Judge Karen Kaye Caldwell, a George W. Bush nominee. Caldwell submitted her move to senior status on June 22, which, once complete, will allow Meredith to take the seat. A lawyer with connections to the Kentucky governor’s office who is familiar with the agreement told Slate that Caldwell conditioned her move upon the confirmation a successor—specifically, the conservative Meredith. In exchange, McConnell will allow Biden to nominate and confirm two U.S. Attorneys to Kentucky.

In return for appointing two term-limited attorneys to the state of Kentucky, Joe Biden will allow one fanatical wingnut anti-choice lifetime appointment of a federal judge. I’ve seen this move before. Two tens for a five, Joe?

Comments

  1. iiandyiiii says

    This may not be a done deal. It looks like it was leaked early, and I’m hoping that’s because someone in the know was pissed and hopes the pressure will stop the deal. So call your senator, representative, and the WH, and urge them to stop this nomination.

  2. Artor says

    This is what I was worried about when I had to choke down my bile and vote for Biden. I hate it when I’m right sometimes.

  3. nomdeplume says

    Democrats always at least compromise or more often completely surrender. Republicans never give an inch.

  4. consciousness razor says

    It’s as if every other week people forget that Biden has been opposed to abortion his entire life. He probably still is and has to lie about it publicly now, for the sake of his career. Our job is to look away and just be satisfied that he’s not personally going out there to set abortion clinics on fire.

  5. unclefrogy says

    the deal is stupid on the face of it what premises any are under the table (that wont be delivered on anyway)
    Abbott & Costello were one of the best comedy duos ever !!!

  6. John Morales says

    unclefrogy, yeah, that was my first impression, too.

    After all, it’s not always that the deal one reads about in the media is not the entirety of the deal.

  7. silvrhalide says

    Well, Democrats are doing what they do best–seizing defeat from the jaws of victory.
    But if you want to contact your Congress critter–or one who isn’t yours, for that matter–here is a handy government link.
    https://www.congress.gov
    Don’t know who your Congress critter is? Use the link to find out. Want to send Mitch a clear and unmistakable message? Send one through the link, whether it’s via phone, email, Congress critter’s own personal website, etc.
    Also handy for current legislation in case you want to weigh in on that.

  8. silvrhalide says

    Also handy for checking Congress critters’ voting records. What the voted on, what they have sponsored, cosponsored, etc.

  9. Akira MacKenzie says

    And the usual Electoralists arrive to berate you for speaking ill of a holy Democrats and their ineffable plans in 3…2…1…

  10. lotharloo says

    It is unbelievable how stupid are these fucking Democrats. Between Joe Biden nominating an anti-choice judge, Kamala saying “do what?” in her CNN interview when asked about the expectations of Democratic voters, Nancy campaigning for anti-choice Democrats and Chucky being absolutely worthless, I don’t know which one to nominate as the fool of the century.

  11. says

    @4 Artor
    Same. Can we please elect someone who isn’t almost an octogenarian? I’m sick of this country being run by boomers. Gen-X never even had a chance. I know this sounds agist, but it’s time to start purging the boomers from government positions. They’re old and out of touch. It’s time for the great retirement. They’ve spent the last 30 years punching down. They called Gen-X “slackers”. They call Millennials “entitled”. God only knows what they call Gen-Z. Or will call Gen-Z if they live long enough to pass judgement on the kids.

    THe Cult of Boomerdom must be burned to the ground.

  12. wzrd1 says

    @anat, what is a court to do if a state chief executive follows President Jackson and refuses to obey a SCOTUS order? Attempt to arrest him and get a full blown insurrection and civil war on their hands?
    Precedent is with Jackson, so a governor should enjoy the same right within his state.

    Of course, there is one nuclear option, those states that decline to enforce such subpoenas or warrants threaten to secede from the union over it.

    OT, total “Huh” land.
    In Borneo, a pitcher plant was just discovered that doesn’t have pitchers above the ground – its pitchers are below the ground, growing in voids and trap underground prey, such as worms, ants and mites.
    Nature sure is inventive!

  13. says

    @16 Ray Ceeya
    The Cult of Boomerdom must be burned to the ground.

    Speaking as a Boomer, I generally agree, however, don’t think for a moment that there aren’t Gen Xers and Millennials who are just as clueless. The thing I see in many of my own generation is that they are oblivious to the privileges that they’ve had, especially the ones born in/after the late 50s who never had to worry about Vietnam and were still the recipients of affordable college and the like. Those are the folks I grew up with, but if you point out any of this to them be ready from screams and howls.

  14. StevoR says

    Peopel aren’tdefined their generation any more than they ar eby their ethnic backggorund or nationality. We’re all individuals (‘m not! – Monty Python, Life of Brien Scene here)

  15. StevoR says

    @ 17. wzrd1 : Then w ehave Pitcher plants that secrete laxatievs and don’t eat their porey so much a seat shit and ..live.. :

    For most tropical pitcher plants, dissolved insects provide the nitrogen these plants need, but some tropical pitcher plants have other, unique ways of getting their fair share of this essential nutrient. For example, the cups of N. ampullaria have open lids and wide mouths that catch falling leaf litter, which produces nitrogen as it decomposes. Without the need to attract insects, this plant lacks the sweet scent and bright color common to most of its relatives. A few other varieties attract small mammals. The plants don’t eat the mammals, though; the real prize is their droppings, which are high in nitrogen.

    &

    During the daytime, N. rajah (Nepenthes rajah species – although another source seems to contradict this? -Ed.) gets it nitrogen in the form of treeshrew poo. As the small mammal licks sweet nectar from a pitcher’s open lid, it poops—right into the pitcher. At night, a nocturnal rat does the same thing.

    Source : https://animals.sandiegozoo.org/plants/tropical-pitcher-plant

    For once the lack of spacing in tree shrew isn’t my typo!

  16. consciousness razor says

    Ray Ceeya:

    It’s time for the great retirement.

    Too dignified, and it suggests that they had been working previously, which is not how they should be remembered. Resigning in shame would be better. They are shameless, however…. Alright, I’ll take whatever I can get.

    jimf:

    Speaking as a Boomer, I generally agree, however, don’t think for a moment that there aren’t Gen Xers and Millennials who are just as clueless.

    Not likely, but those who are would at least have to live with the consequences of their decisions. That can be pretty motivating for a person.

    I’ve got another one anyway: all of their replacements should also come from the bottom half of the income/wealth distributions. It’s easy to get that by just picking random younger people off the street, but if you really need to be sure, that sort of stipulation would wipe out cluelessness like nothing else.

  17. microraptor says

    Republicans are chanting “hang the Democrats” and Status-Quo Joe’s big idea is to start selling rope.

  18. says

    @23 CR
    Not likely

    Really? Just look at some of the names and birth years of people currently making headlines (of disgust):
    Ted Cruz – 1970
    Ron DeSantis – 1978
    Marjorie Taylor Greene – 1974
    Matt Gaetz – 1982
    Lauren Boebert – 1986
    Josh Hawley – 1979
    Marco Rubio – 1971
    Kyrsten Sinema – 1976

    That is by no means an exhaustive list and they’re all younger than Boomers, so I stand by my assertion that getting rid of the Boomers doesn’t solve everything because there are plenty of younger people just as bad.

    OTOH, one third (33%) of the US Senate is age 70 or older. That is not a good balance as that group comprises under 12% of the nation as a whole (even if you subtract out children, it’s not close).

  19. consciousness razor says

    jimf:

    Really?

    I should’ve written “not as likely” to make it clearer, although the context should’ve helped you too. That there exist younger people who are also clueless (or malevolent, as the case may be) is definitely not the point and not in doubt.

    If we drew random names of younger and less wealthy people out of a hat, they are “not likely” to be so clueless/malevolent, while the likelihood of that is higher with older and wealthier people. That was the basic idea, and I think we agree about that.

    because there are plenty of younger people just as bad

    Again, this is not in dispute, but “plenty of” isn’t a number.

  20. birgerjohansson says

    The id..the president was chair of the committe that cleared Clarence Thomas for the supreme court long ago.

  21. says

    Denigrate Democrats whenever possible … that’s a surely how we win.

    Yet another episode in the saga of the strategic incompetence of progressives that got us where we are today. And this story has extra juice–there is no open federal judgeship in KY.

    Many of the comments here are mindbogglingly stupid and full of lies.

    @27 “The id..the president was chair of the committe that cleared Clarence Thomas for the supreme court long ago.”

    Biden voted against his confirmation.

  22. says

    “It’s as if every other week people forget that Biden has been opposed to abortion his entire life. He probably still is and has to lie about it publicly now, for the sake of his career. ”

    You’re the lying maggot here, and dumber than a rock. Biden is pro-choice, which is independent of being “opposed to abortion”.

    “it suggests that they had been working previously, which is not how they should be remembered”

    Biden is the hardest working President with the most competent administration in ages. BTW, he was born in 1942 so he’s not a boomer–but I guess you’re too stupid to know what boom it refers to.

  23. says

    “The thing I see in many of my own generation is that they are oblivious to the privileges that they’ve had, especially the ones born in/after the late 50s who never had to worry about Vietnam”

    The end of WWII, which precipitated the baby boom, was 1945. The invasion of VietNam started in full earnest with the Tonkin Gulf incident of 1964 and the draft started in 1970 … almost everyone drafted or recruited to the war was a boomer. The height of the civil rights, women’s rights, and gay rights movements occurred in the formative years of and were largely driven by boomers.

  24. consciousness razor says

    Yet another episode in the saga of the strategic incompetence of progressives that got us where we are today.

    Unless you have some absurd definition of “progressives” that’s only ever used by right-wing types, they are certainly not the ones who have been in the driver’s seat for the last several decades.

    And this story has extra juice–there is no open federal judgeship in KY.

    What are you implying? Are we supposed to hold off on opposing this stuff until it’s too late?

  25. consciousness razor says

    You’re the lying maggot here, and dumber than a rock. Biden is pro-choice, which is independent of being “opposed to abortion”.

    An interview from 2006 (YouTube video, linked to 16:35 where the question comes up.)

    He says: “I do not view abortion as a choice and a right. I think it’s always a tragedy.”

    Biden is the hardest working President with the most competent administration in ages.

    It must take lots of hard, competent work to steal from Afghanistan and starve its people.

    BTW, he was born in 1942 so he’s not a boomer–but I guess you’re too stupid to know what boom it refers to.

    I just don’t really care that technically speaking he’s slightly too fucking old to be a “boomer,” which is an arbitrary invented category anyway.

  26. consciousness razor says

    A member of Biden’s cabinet, hardly working (with much competence) as an airline customer service representative, in a lightning-fast response to airlines cheating customers. @SecretaryPete (July 2):

    Sometimes an airline will offer you points or miles as compensation, but you are entitled to a cash refund when your flight is canceled.

    When deciding whether to accept miles, it’s helpful to know their value, which varies, but often is estimated at 1 to 1.5 cents per mile.

  27. Rob Grigjanis says

    cr @32: And don’t forget that Obama opposes same-sex marriage! He said so in 2008.

  28. consciousness razor says

    Show me the same-sex marriage legislation that Obama signed into law.

  29. consciousness razor says

    So, you’re not disagreeing with me then? I thought you were suggesting it’s no big deal, we should move on because it was years ago, etc. If that wasn’t the intent, my mistake.

  30. Rob Grigjanis says

    Sometimes I agree with you, sometimes I don’t. Nice to know you care.

  31. consciousness razor says

    I misread that. You wanted something “anti-choice,” and it has to be actual legislation supported by Biden, such as the Hyde Amendment which of course he supported for decades. There you go.

  32. consciousness razor says

    Nice to know you care.

    I’m just not psychic, that’s all.

  33. John Morales says

    Um, just noting that at the time of the last election, there were two and only two choices at hand.

    (IMO, you mob picked the right choice from your set of options)

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