Tennessee reaction to passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday was met with condolences from across the country and within Tennessee.

While most delivered laudatory commentary about Ginsburg’s trailblazing career, Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Bill Hagerty wasted little time in calling on President Donald Trump to quickly nominate a conservative replacement on the nation’s highest court. Senate Republicans in 2016 famously refused to take up then-President Barack Obama’s nomination to succeed deceased Justice Antonin Scalia, who had died in February of that year, because of the upcoming election.

Here is some reaction from Tennessee officials:

President Donald Trump can — and should — nominate a constitutionalist to fill this Supreme Court vacancy; the future of our nation for generations to come depends on it.” 

— Republican U.S. Senate nominee Bill Hagerty of Nashville.

Justice Ginsburg was a smart, talented trailblazer who paved the way for women in the judiciary. She worked hard to achieve prominence on her own merit, and I thank her for her service to our country. 

— U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Brentwood)

She made a major difference in the lives of all Americans, but particularly in the lives of the young women who just want a chance to compete on a level playing field and pursue their dreams.

— U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Memphis)

Justice Ginsburg brought decency, intelligence and principle to the Supreme Court. Her life inspired many Americans, especially young women. Her service to our country deserves great respect.

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Maryville)

The Nashville Post’s Stephen Elliott dug out some comments from Alexander dating back to political fight over the 2016 Supreme Court vacancy:

63 Responses to Tennessee reaction to passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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    Charles says:

    If Republicans push through a conservative justice after what they did when Garfield was proposed, I fear that they will cement resentment against all Republicans for decades.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      OH NO!!! Don’t tell me that liberals will SUDDENLY BEGIN to resent Republicans. Why that’s awful!!! Well, I guess Republicans will simply have to resent Democrats back, so there.

      McConnell simply refused to confirm Garfield nominated by Democrat Obama because Republicans controlled the Senate. In this case a Republican President will hopefully nominate a new Justice and a Republican controlled Senate will hopefully vote to confirm. Two entirely different situations.

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        MARLE says:

        I know that point of which party controls the Senate was cited by McConnell but it is a moot point. The Senate could flip as well as the White House so the Real point of fairness remains “let the people decide” just 46 days pre-election.

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          “Point of fairness”? What kind of odd game do you think this is? Can you imagine if we were dealing with a Democratic President with Schumer Majority Leader? Do you think there would be any question that they would nominate and confirm a jut-job Justice ASAP?

          Republicans have to stop playing this game by the rules of 1853 while the left makes up their own language and rules as they go along with the mainstream media complementing them on their creativity. The current President and Senators are in office until mid-January so let them act like it.

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            MARLE says:

            Isn’t that what McConnell was calling on? He didn’t want Obama to get a nomination just months before his term was up. What has the Senate being in the hands of/or not in the hands of the other party got to do with a Late Term appointment by Obama?

            He and so many others in the Republican party.simply called for “letting the people decide.”

            That is not My choice though. I hope Trump will plough through ASAP and get a nominee confirmed regardless of what anyone says. The court will be maj conservative at that point and no one will have to have that issue weighing on their mind come election day.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            I believe McConnell’s point was that the Republican Senate had no intention of confirming Obama’s nominee so why even bring it up so close to the election and tie up the Senate needlessly.

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            MARLE says:

            Doesn’t stop the nomination process and hoards of other prominent republicans were citing ad nauseum the fairness of late term appointment with the mantra “let the people decide”. They are all on tape saying it so in case honesty is of any concern in jogging your memory you can find them saying that, on camera, everywhere.

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    Stuart I. Anderson says:

    Rather than engage in meaningless sanctimonious expressions of sadness Hagerty has his eye on what is meaningful, replacing Ginsburg, the ultra liberal politician in judicial robes, with a real conservative judge who will confine himself to interpreting the constitution and laws as written.

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      MARLE says:

      Yes….Trump should immediately nominate and the senate confirm. That will take this issue off the table for voters. Is that what Trump really should be wanting? I don’t think so.

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        Stuart I. Anderson says:

        Sorry we don’t have a direct democracy. This stuff was on “. . . the table for voters” in 2016 and it was decided then. That decision is in effect until mid January of 2021. In November another decision will be made in effect until mid January of 2025. That’s the way the system works. No changing the rules because the liberals are depressed and angry.

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          MARLE says:

          Don’t be silly. Evangelicals’ vote was all day every day about his SCotus nomination potential. Now he will have made 3 and turned the court conservative. It is off the table as the most salient point to be considered.

          ASAP nomination. Let’s get someone confirmed before most states go to early voting.

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        Stuart I. Anderson says:

        And we certainly shouldn’t “take the issue of the table for voters.” We should put the issue of Supreme Court Justices and who the hell runs this country squarely on the table for voters to decide. Do they like the court created law on abortion, immigration, homosexual “rights” etc. conjured up by five or more lifetime appointed Justices or would they like to see their elected representatives handle the lawmaking? That should be Issue One or Two and let’s highlight it by nominating and voting to confirm a Supreme Court Justice and watch the left go beserk.

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          MARLE says:

          And with a majority conservative court after this ASAP confirmation we can get the court to rule on returning Your Wish List back to the legislators and do it without having to re-elect Trump.

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            Eddie White says:

            In other words Stuart, what Marle the pretend conservative wants is to do, is get a conservative on the court Immediately , eliminating the passion from the evangelicals on Election Day to get out and support Trump, and help elect the very liberal Biden as president.

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            MARLE says:

            Eddie……….again with the faulty memory and comprehension issues. The goal was to turn the court conservative. THAT will be accomplished with a quick confirmation. I would like a conservative court.

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            MARLE says:

            And it must be a goal of Trump’s to turn the court conservative Before the election b/c that is what a quick turnaround will do. I am simply on the same page with POTUS when it comes to SCOTUS

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    Christina says:

    As of now there are three Republican senators; Romney, Grassley and Murkowski, who have stated they won’t vote on a SCOTUS nomination this year. I suspect that the backlash from McConnell’s statement indicating he wants to push through a nominee before the election will convince some other embattled senators to join their ranks.
    As Murkowski says, “Fair is fair.” Glad to know there are still some Republicans who believe in fairness.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      No Christina, it isn’t a question of fairness. It is a question of whether or not Senators are solid conservatives. It so happens that in Romney (Heritage-69%), Grassley (Heritage-69%) and Murkowski (Heritage-37%) we have two tepid conservatives and a liberal. In battles against the ultra-liberals in the Democratic Party these people are unreliable to worthless. That’s why making the Republican Party more conservative in Republican Primaries is job one for conservatives and in the meantime, please remember, MILLIONS FOR CONSERVATIVE CANDIDATES! NOT A PENNY FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY.

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        Stuart I. Anderson says:

        You have to love those Utah Mormons don’t you? Table banging Right-to-Lifers don’t you know so they elect a notoriously spineless co-parishioner from Michigan/Massachusetts and now the opportunity arises to appoint a Supreme Court Justice that can begin to unravel the hideous Roe decision and reports are their boy is headin’ for the tall grass. Thank you Utah-smart!

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          Eddie White says:

          Stuart, I have often thought the same thing.

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          MARLE says:

          And Stuart just to get you started is a Mitch quote in 2016 on the matter of Garland :

          “The American people may well elect a president who decides to nominate Judge Garland for Senate consideration,” McConnell said from the Senate floor. “The next president may also nominate somebody very different. Either way, our view is this: Give the people a voice in filling this vacancy.”

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            Eddie White says:

            What is your point?You ramble on about Trump moving quickly and having a conservative court, and then you lecture Stuart on Republicans not giving Americans the choice 45 days before the election. Do you read your own posts, or is senility to the point that you don’t comprehend what you write? Either way it’s sad.

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            MARLE says:

            My point was in response to something STUART, (not you who is jumping into a conversation you’re not part of) said. It makes sense IF you follow a train of conversation, and most importantly and a challenge for you….IF you read with comprehension. The EXACT placement of responses does not always place them directly below the comment being replied to . Add to that your various challenges and I get why you can’t follow along.

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        MARLE says:

        It must be a question of fairness in 2020 because Soooooooo many republicans in Congress told me so the last time this situation came up. And Obama had 9 months left, not just 45 days.

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    Donna Locke says:

    I had been thinking that if she passed this year, it would be a sign, and by design. Go on and get someone in there. An actual conservative and a deep thinker who recognizes what is happening and the cliff of destruction we’re headed off of.

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      Donna Locke says:

      Actual conservatives stay out of others’ private lives and individual freedoms, beginning with the freedom over one’s own body.

      Some folks are awfully myopic about what would happen at the polls if this country tries to go backward on women’s rights.

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        Stuart I. Anderson says:

        I agree with you philosophically, but we live in a state with a vast majority in a Right-to-Life state of mind so believing as I do in democracy, and knowing that the U.S. Constitution says nothing whatsoever about abortion I simply want Roe to be overturned and the voters of each state decide Choice or Right-to-Life for their state. Don’t worry, for the careless in Tennessee, there’s always Illinois.

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          Donna Locke says:

          No, each state does not get to vote on civil rights in this constitutional republic. Civil rights are not up for vote.

          As for Tennessee, anti-choice on abortion has been in a slide for some time and will be below 50 percent soon if it isn’t already. The young are not very religiously indoctrinated, people are more independent in their thinking, and we’re getting the lib flight.

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            Eddie White says:

            I agree with you Donna that this is not a states rights issue. But as a conservative, I disagree with you on the privacy issue. The protection of life is paramount in our society. That includes unborn life. A designated state boundary should not change that protection of life any more than a states boundary should not have determined if someone was enslaved or not. We fought a civil war over that issue. I have heard a lot about Black Lives Matter. Well all lives matter, and that includes the unborn. Another reason to go ahead and try to replace Ginsburg before the end of January.

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            MARLE says:

            The was a slogan, back in the 70’s “Black is Beautiful’. I never heard anyone say “All shades of people are Beautiful” in response. The phrase simply acknowledged that the dominant culture gave evidence of their recognition of “white beauty”. Every billboard, fashion magazine cover, TV commercial was full of white beauty.

            Black Lives Matter, as a SLOGAN, (not the movement) does not need to be countered with “all lives matter” b/c reasonable people like Trump-darling Sen Tim Scott of SC has said repeatedly, that he, as a Law-abiding Black man is treated differently.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            The issue is indeed whether there is a civil right to abortion. Strict constructionists like myself, of course, say “no” because it simply isn’t in the constitution and it certainly is not one of the enumerated powers given to the federal government so it is most definitely a matter reserved for the states.

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            Donna Locke says:

            Eddie, the privacy issue is part of a basic freedom to be. We are talking about freedom.

            The life already here and developed must have precedence.

            And no one else can know a girl’s or a woman’s purpose here. If we have purpose at all.

            Life tries to preserve itself, but it is part of a reality system that treats it like a cheap commodity and is inclined to wiping it out and starting over. Natural abortion is far, far more common than human-induced abortion.

            I tell my girls their lives belong to no one but them and to avoid and resist people who want to control them.

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            Eddie White says:

            If it was only as simple as some little PR slogan back in the 70’s. It’s not. This is 2020 and what is behind BLM is more dangerous than a jingle.

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            MARLE says:

            I said, Eddie. NOT the movement. Again…..the comprehension issue. Do the people around you worry when you cross a busy street?

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          MARLE says:

          Is that, Stuart, what “make America great AGAIN” is, at its essence?

          There was a time BEFORE when Each state got to decide whether to have slavery or not? Each state could decide whether women could vote or hold office? Which religious affiliation would be a barrier. I really wish you and Trump would be clear on when AGAIN actually was.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            Exactly, when the Supreme Court and the bien pensant of the country took the constitution seriously it required a constitutional amendment to end slavery and give women the vote and most states eventually prevented religious qualifications in their own constitutions though I’m a bit vague on the timing of that or whether it was a court case. Sometime after the Fourteenth Amendment was passed the Supreme Court thought that it would be fun to deprive the states of power by applying the federal constitution to the states through the Fourteenth Amendment which was the beginning of the end to what was our beautiful federal system.

            Indeed, if you avid Choicers want to make abortion a civil right pass a constitutional amendment to that affect. If you Right-to-Lifers want to forbid abortion everywhere do the same. Of course, neither side can do that because there isn’t sufficient consensus in this country to get either of those things done. The genius of our federal system therefore provides lacking that consensus let’s overturn Roe and its “penumbras” and let the people of each state decide. Of course, if that’s done a number of you will be deprived of this endless bickering over when life begins which frankly bores the hell out of me. For fellow libertarians with an affection for democracy here in Tennessee the uplifting battle cry we can use to get this done is “THERE’S ALWAYS SOUTHERN ILLINOIS.”

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            Eddie White says:

            For most conservative Republicans, sanctity of life is an important issue. For many it is the key issue. It would be hard for me to vote for any candidate who was pro-choice. For Libertarians abortion is an inconvenient issue. Of course marijuana, prostitution, and euthanasia are also inconvenient issues for Libertarians. One of the things I most respect about Gov Lee is his support of life in the last legislative session.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            Great point Eddie, that’s why I’m not a Libertarian Party libertarian. Rather I self-describe as a “conservative with libertarian seasoning.”

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            MARLE says:

            So Stuart…..make America great AGAIN. When was that that place in time? Donald has never told us. As a subscriber, when was that?

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            MARLE, you’re subjecting a campaign slogan to rigorous analysis. As a friend I would suggest you not spend your time doing that. To make matters worse, are you referring to me as a “subscriber” as if I was a Trumpidian rather than someone who simply wants to vote for someone with vague conservative instincts rather than an old semi-demented liberal hack and his shrewish running mate?

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            But on second thought to answer your question, as things actually turned out I would say 1866ish or somewhere around there. That’s after the unnecessary carnage of the War Between the States and the incessant bickering about the extension of slavery but before the federal courts could disembowel federalism via the Fourteenth Amendment. It was also a period where we were blissfully unentangled with self-destructive European rivalries and the mistreatment of Madam Butterfly was years away so we had little to do with Asia as well. Maybe the 1870’s. . .you know what I’m getting at. Now if the Trumpster could pull that off a return to the conditions in existence then it would change my whole attitude for the better toward him.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    The Trump parade is willing to go down with the ship. Mc-Con-All and the (R)’s claim one set of rules one election and now want a totally different set of rules for this election, both being in their favor. And they have very quickly written the first 16 comments on the list to con or convince you to think this is just normal. It is more of the same dirty tricks that the trump administration is becoming famous for. Stewart says it’s fine to deviate like this from the last 200 years of laws and customs we have followed because, if we can stack the SC, we might be able to finally reverse the Roe decision. He brags that he has given significant amounts of money to politicians that want to overturn that decision but also notes that he is doing this because he wants everyone to be FREE. The fact that he and his (R) friends want to be able to control women’s bodies doesn’t sound like FREEDOM to me. This is wrong from start to finish and no amount of spin can change that.

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    James White says:

    Many a Republican Presidents nominated (and was confirmed) ‘conservative’ judges. And they turn out to be liberals and found things that are not in the constitution.
    I have hopes, but they ain’t high.

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    Phil Lassiter says:

    Republicans do need to put in a new member and quickly-but they can’t. They do not have the fortitude or leadership to do what must be done in an efficient manner if to be done at all. Won’t happen.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Phil, what do you think of my idea of substituting a clump of tall grass for the elephant as the symbol of the Republican Party?

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        Eddie White says:

        Instead of generalizing the whole party, let’s be specific. Donald Trump does not hide in tall grass. There are a handful of Republican senators that do specifically the senators from Maine, Utah, and Alaska.

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          Tennessee (Alexander), both senators from North Carolina, Missouri (Blunt), Arkansas (Boozman), West Virginia, North Dakota (Cramer), both senators from Iowa, Colorado, South Carolina (Graham), both senators from Mississippi, Kentucky (McConnell), Arizona (McSally), both senators from Kansas, Ohio, both senators from South Dakota, BOTH senators from Alaska and Indiana (Young).

          No, trust me Eddie, on a clump of tall grass will do and let’s stop giving the poor elephants a bad name by association. They have enough problems of their own.

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            Eddie White says:

            Don’t buy your list at all. You have included some good conservative senators that I hope are there a long time.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            Simply name them and I will be happy to provide the opinions of conservatives who watch the votes in Congress for a living so when your allegedly “. . .good conservative senators. . . .” are challenged by genuine conservatives in their next Republican Primary you can join me in supporting that challenger.

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            Eddie White says:

            I named the 3 senators that I consider to be in the tall grass. You are welcome to list the reasons that you believe all the others are hiding. I am sure you can find some votes by every senator that does match your definition of a conservative. The scores are legitimate measures , however I also try to look at the bigger picture. An example would be Thom Tillis, who graduated from Antioch High School in 1978. He has proposed current legislation to allow for a person to sue a city so designated as a sanctuary city. He has also been a solid supporter of President Trump, which means little to you since you have an aversion to Trump. I did also at one time, until I watched him get more done than most other conservatives get done in a lifetime.

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        Phil Lassiter says:

        More than perfect and should have been that already

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    This republican attempt to ramrod a new judge onto the Supreme Court can be summed up with one word.
    HYPOCRISY.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    Trump now says he wants to do this “for all the people that voted for him, it ‘s his obligation.”
    Never mind that it was the MINORITY that elected him. Lets’ change the rules again. It just adds Hypocrisy to the long list of republican dirty tricks. The USA is sinking lower and lower under trump.

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    James White says:

    Obama’s nomination during 2016 should have been blocked, he was not going to be President after the election, so waiting for the Next President made sense.

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    Perry Aubric says:

    Of course McConnell is a hypocrite. So what else is new? There is no hypocritical double standard that the right wing cannot rationalize.

    Trump will nominate some nut for the court, the GOP is in control of the Senate and will try and ramrod the nomination through before the election or, failing that, before he leaves office in January. The question is: will there be enough Republicans to balk at this double standard or not? Right now, it seems so, if Romney, Collins and Murkowski stand firm. But we’ll see.

    There is no guarantee that even a conservative court will take away rights from the American people, be those rights be the right of a woman to control her own health or the right of gay people to be treated equally under the law. Hopefully not.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      I wouldn’t lose any sleep over this just yet Perry. Never bet against the pusillanimity of the tepid conservative Republicans to say nothing of the centrists and the laughably worthless liberal Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins (Heritage-23%). At the first sound of the canons roar they dive into the tall grass and your liberal friends with their control over almost the entire media will make one hell of a racket enough to frighten the most conservative of them. So long as Republican voters refuse to consistently vote for conservatives in Republican primaries the left really has nothing to fear in the long-run in their quest to destroy what is left of this nation.

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      Perry Aubric says:

      Stuart, who has a neurotic compulsion to comment over and over again on every subject as if his bizarre greed-oriented opinions really matter outside his foreign-owned financial management concerns, means by “tepid conservatives” anyone who might occasionally consider the best interests of human beings as if greater concern than the bottom-line profitability of a Fortune 500 company.

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        Stuart I. Anderson says:

        Poor Perry, just when you believe the authoritarians of the left have cowed everyone who doesn’t buy into their world view into silence on pains of deplatforming, social ostracism, or plain loss of employment up pops Stuart Anderson who refuses to let nonsense, even highly fashionable nonsense, pass unremarked. Patience Perry, with the current trajectory of society it will not be long before your authoritarian fantasies are realized.

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        Phil Lassiter says:

        Another idiot

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    Leeann C says:

    Republican President and Republican Senate should certainly conduct their responsibility to fill the vacancy. You don’t have to try very hard to find plenty of examples of thus occurring close to an election. Those with short memories and little energy to research context want to pick on Mitch Mcconnell (speaking on behalf of a caucus). Everyone knows if the tables were turned, the Dems would do the same thing. The Presidential term is FOUR years. This is September. The President’s first term is not over and he’s taking care of business. Mcconnell is no hypocrite on this issue. He’s doing what he should do as the majority leader in the Senate. He did his job in 2016 too with a lame duck President finishing his 2nd term. May God grant them all the wisdom for this lifetime selection. And may God bless the family of Justice Ginsberg. She was very dedicated to her position and was very loving toward her family and a friend to Justice Scalia. Don’t forget to pray for the ones that lost their mother and grandmother less than two days ago.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    The last President we had was treated differently, he was not allowed a nominee in his fourth year of that term and it was much further away from an election. It is called Hypocrisy plain and simple, just ask Senator Graham, he admits it on tape. The republicans changed the rules to suit them last time around and now they want to change them back to the old rules just to suit the current circumstances. McConnell certainly is a Hypocrite. This is simply another dirty trick from the republicans that put the very integrity of the highest court in our land into question. Do the right thing and let the people vote first.

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      Leeann C says:

      If you’re referring to 2016, President Obama made a nomination. The Senate did not choose to conduct hearings. Opposing parties. Not hypocrisy. Look up Beyer’s nomination and the timing.really you should do your homework and look up several more. Why in the world should Republicans not conduct business in the 9th month of their 12 month calendar. They won the majority.

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