And when the law is against you, let Clarence Thomas bang the table.
It has been almost four months since the election, Joe Biden has been sworn in as the 46th president, and Donald Trump is just a sad old Florida man stewing in his own hate at Mar-a-Lago. But, of course, we are still dealing with the massive shitstorm he created with his election ratfucking bullshit.
Yesterday, the Supreme Court declined to hear Republican Party of Pennsylvania v. Degraffenreid, one of the last remaining cases from that time Trump tried to throw a coup and overturn the election results in all of the swing states that went blue.
By the end, even the lawyers conceded that they weren't trying to change the results of the 2020 election. That's because they couldn't use that particular case to do that, even if they tried. Only around 10,000 mail-in ballots arrived after the Election Day deadline, Joe Biden won the state by 80,555 votes, and there were no allegations that any lower races were affected.
Oh, and there's the fact that Biden won by enough electoral votes that even without Pennsylvania, he still would have won the election. But Republicans aren't about to stop trying to screw over our democracy, so here we are.
Why did they keep fighting after the election was clearly over? They were hoping they could get the Supreme Court to say the Pennsylvania Supreme Court was wrong to extend the deadline for mail-in ballots in the midst of a deadly pandemic. The goal was to create precedent saying state supreme courts have no authority to make rulings based on their own state constitutions about federal elections, just in case some state supreme court tries to step in and guarantee the right to vote in future elections.
Well that's gross
Is our Democrats learning???
Donald Trump appointed a record 234 judges, most of them young, unqualified rightwing Federalist Society hacks who will spend the next several decades doing everything they can to take rights away from people.
Putting sane, smart, qualified people on the federal bench needs to be a major priority for both the Biden administration and Senate Dems.
There is one Democrat in the Senate who holds more power than anyone else when it comes to judicial appointments, and it isn't Chuck Schumer. It's Senate Judiciary Chair Dick Durbin of Illinois.
The Judiciary chair isn't just in charge of setting committee hearings for judicial nominees; he (and I use the word "he" intentionally, as the Senate Judiciary Chair has NEVER, NOT ONCE been anyone other than a white man) also is the sole decider of how seriously to take objections to nominees from home-state senators.
This week, we learned that Durbin intends to take a middle-of-the-road approach to "blue slips," which is the way senators show whether or not they approve of nominees from their states. It's a continuation of the policies Republican Judiciary chairs went with under Trump.
A Democratic Senate Judiciary Committee aide told Politico, "Chair Durbin has said on a number of occasions that there cannot be one set of rules for Republican nominees and another set of rules for Democratic nominees."
And that's great, really.
Just as long as you trust the party of Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell to act in good faith and voluntarily choose to follow the same rules once they're back in power.
The same Democratic aide said, seemingly without irony, "It's our expectation that Republicans likewise act in good faith and work with the Biden administration to fill district court vacancies in red and purple states."
So all we have to do is put our faith in Republicans and everything will be just fine.
Let's talk blue slip history
This is really interesting, I swear!
Sounds about white.
The NAACP suing Donald Trump under the Ku Klux Klan Act. Does it get much better than that?
Actually, it does! Just add in a Black congressman, Rudy Giuliani, Proud Boys, and Oath Keepers, and we have got ourselves a party! Except by "party," I mean federal lawsuit.
Representing Congressman Bennie Thompson, on Tuesday the NAACP filed Thompson v. Trump, suing the former president, his former lawyer, and the two Nazi-adjacent organizations for their parts in the January 6 insurrection and attack on the Capitol. (Side note: Did you know that the Proud Boys have registered as a fucking LLC? Yeah. "Proud Boys International, LLC." And the Oath Keepers are incorporated as a non-profit. So that's ... a real thing.)
Like the NAACP said when it filed the suit,
The coup attempt was a coordinated, months-long attempt to destroy democracy, to block the results of a fair and democratic election, and to disenfranchise millions of ballots that were legally cast by African-American voters.
Remember last weekend, when Mitch McConnell voted to acquit Donald Trump and then gave a long speech about how we should convict Donald Trump? (Have we said "fuck Mitch McConnell" yet today? Fuck Mitch McConnell.) One of McConnell's "points" was, "We have a criminal justice system in this country. We have civil litigation. And former presidents are not immune from being accountable by either one."
But, as we all know too well, the American legal system works exactly in the way it was intended — to insulate powerful white men from accountability.
Here's our first post-presidency test balloon.
Not a hero. He just had the right enemies sometimes.
Larry Flynt, the relentlessly self-promoting pornographer who liked to take credit for the entire First Amendment when he mostly just exploited it, died Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 78. Jimmy Flynt, his brother, said he died of heart failure.
Flynt is mostly known for founding Hustler, the porn magazine that, unlike soft-focus predecessors like Playboy and Penthouse, made no pretensions to art, culture, or sophistication. Instead, Hustler was all about lurid, harshly lit, legs-spread photos of women, with gratuitous torture, rape, simulated snuff scenes, and full-on racism thrown in just in case simply being more explicit than other publications didn't manage to be shocking enough. Flynt liked to portray himself as a cultural rebel who opposed puritanism in all forms, and to be sure, he shocked plenty of puritanical souls. And if anyone pointed out that his magazine promoted contempt for and violence against women, he called those critics puritans too, and continued to be pleased with what a broad-minded guy he was.