Vox Populi, our weekly live chat about the week’s events begins tonight at 7:00pm PDT. Hope to see you then! AdLib 3 hours ago

Hey glenn. Kind of reeling from RBG passing away. AdLib 2 hours ago

Hi Ad, am I too early? glenn 2 hours ago

Nope, You’re right on time. AdLib 2 hours ago

Yeah, no kidding. What a shock! I was glad to see that Murkowski (I think that’s who it was) says no new appointment until after the election. glenn 2 hours ago

Yes. And Mother Jones posted an article listing around a dozen Repubs quted in 2016 stating that the people should decide in the election and a seat shouldn’t be filled. Too bad Repubs have no ethics or shame. AdLib 2 hours ago

Hmmmm, just tried to check out who it was, and I can’t find the story on the two sites who had it posted about an hour ago. Very strange. glenn 2 hours ago

Yes, Murkowski said she wouldn’t vote untiil after the election…but does that mean in Lame Duck session or after new president is sworn in? AdLib 2 hours ago

That’s interesting. We’ll see if their word is good. I’m definitely not holding my breath. Maybe Romney will have some ethics; especially considering I don’t think he was in the Senate when the turtle committed robbery. glenn 2 hours ago

Hey Murph! glenn 2 hours ago

HI GLENN…AND ADLIB…. MurphTheSurf3 2 hours ago

Well the stakes just got higher. MurphTheSurf3 2 hours ago

Hey Murph. Rough day. 2020 sucks. AdLib 2 hours ago

Ad–good question. I was assuming it was in the Lame Duck session, but that would mean that the RTLB would be the one doing the nominating, even if Biden wins. glenn 2 hours ago

Yeah, 2020 really does suck. glenn 2 hours ago

Hey PPO! AdLib 2 hours ago

A Sad day. pinkpantheroz 2 hours ago

PPO–We’re all in mourning. glenn 2 hours ago

Here’s that article with many Repubs saying in 2016 that a SCOTUS seat shouldn’t be filled in an election year: https://t.co/uoB2j0Y7lp?amp=1 AdLib 2 hours ago

I have been expecting this for months holding out the rather forlorn that RBG could hold out until the next inauguration. Yes, I believe that the GOP would push through a nomination in record time….a few days if need be…..so MurphTheSurf3 2 hours ago

https://www.motherjones.com/2020-elections/2020/09/a-long-list-of-gop-senators-who-promised-not-to-confirm-a-supreme-court-nominee-during-an-election-year/ AdLib 2 hours ago

Of course McConnell totally reversed about not appointing a Justice 50 days before and election. pinkpantheroz 2 hours ago

Sen. Collins is disturbed pinkpantheroz 2 hours ago

If/When another right wing GOP takes the seat then our hopes rest with a Democratic President, House and Senate……and an expansion of the SCOTUS to 13 seats. MurphTheSurf3 2 hours ago

I’ve been worried about this for months too. One question, couldn’t Dems refuse to attend the Senate and without a quorum, deny any vote until Biden is in office? AdLib 2 hours ago

Murph–I have no doubt that the GOP is going to do just that. Maybe, just maybe, though, those senators from the MJ article will have a twinge of conscience. Nah, we’re talking about repubs here. Is there any way Dems can hold up the process? Ted Cruz on the SCOTUS? UGH! glenn 2 hours ago

Ad, can they do that? HOw many Dem Senators has Putin got the dirty on? pinkpantheroz 2 hours ago

51 senators is a quoum MurphTheSurf3 2 hours ago

Ad–That’s an interesting way for Dems to muck up the process. The question is, will they do it? glenn 2 hours ago

Murph – I thought it was 60? AdLib 2 hours ago

Shouldn’t it be 60 for a SCOTUS appointment? pinkpantheroz 2 hours ago

OOps, was typing when Murph answered. So, if 51 is a quorum, then Dems are screwed, right? We have 53 R senators, right? glenn 2 hours ago

https://www.senate.gov/reference/glossary_term/quorum.htm#:~:text=The%20Constitution%20requires%20a%20majority,call%20vote%20or%20quorum%20call. MurphTheSurf3 2 hours ago

Shit! pinkpantheroz 2 hours ago

This is really making my brain and my heart hurt. glenn 2 hours ago

Murph – Then we need to get at least 4 Repub Senatoors infected with COVID on a rolling basis. AdLib 2 hours ago

And….not attending would also grind all government to a stop….and the Dems would have the blame. MurphTheSurf3 2 hours ago

What is sickening is the obscene haste which McConnell acted to confirm there could be a vote pinkpantheroz 2 hours ago

So, Dems will now have more support to expand the SCOTUS to 13 members after 2 were cheated onnt the court. AdLib 2 hours ago

The damn turtle must be chortling with glee! glenn 2 hours ago

I have never wished more nasties on anyone than McConnell, even more than WhatsHisName. pinkpantheroz 2 hours ago

You see what a sick monster McConnell is, gleefully announcing right away he will hold a voote to fill her seat. Repubs are flat out monsters. AdLib an hour ago

Ad–Hopefully, we can expand SCOTUS. glenn an hour ago

He is a sick, evil, person. glenn an hour ago

He had it all ready to go before RBG had passed. pinkpantheroz an hour ago

Biden and a Dem Senate need to admit that McConnell and Repubs have broken the courts and engage in a reformation of the courts. Expand lower courts to dilute the unqualified Trumpers and the SCOTUS to 13 to give Dems the majority they should have had. AdLib an hour ago

Mcconnell’s behavior tonight is the cap on the case: The GOP are, as a party, every bit as awful at the one they call their leader. MurphTheSurf3 an hour ago

You know, if I were a right winger, I’d be onto a conspiracy theory right about now. The theory being that the RTLB announced his new SCOTUS picks a few days ago, and isn’t it convenient that RBG died within days of that announcement? Hmmm, did the RTLB have her killed? glenn an hour ago

I think Trump and McConnell foud out weeks ago that she was dying. It was very suspicious that Trump came out this week with a SCOTUS list out of thin air. He knew. AdLib an hour ago

I bet the bastards all knew and just couldn’t help themselves gloat pinkpantheroz an hour ago

I’m just wondering if Dems have the chutzpah to engage in a reformation of the court system. Especially given that repubs would pull out all the stops to prevent it. glenn an hour ago

glenn – You beat me to it! I don’t think it’s a conspiracy theory. Nina Totenberg was just on Rachel and said she’s known for a couple of weeks that RBG was dying. AdLib an hour ago

Ad–Great minds think alike! glenn an hour ago

Ad…I agree. He knew. They knew. MurphTheSurf3 an hour ago

Pelosi has ordered the Capital flags to half staff. Has It ordered the rest? pinkpantheroz an hour ago

BTW, I’m not on the twitter machine, but has anyone on the repub side sent out condolences to RBG’s family? glenn an hour ago

PPO – That would be something they were watching closely. Don’t think it would be easy to keep a secret in DC that RBG was dying. AdLib an hour ago

Not that I’ve seen, glenn pinkpantheroz an hour ago

Ad–Oh I agree they knew. I’m just saying that right wingers would have made a conspiracy theory out of all those coincidences immediately. Think of Glenn Beck’s chalkboard! glenn an hour ago

PPO–Of course not. The turtle was so quick on announcing the vote; but couldn’t be bothered to offer condolences. I really do hate those evil bastards! glenn an hour ago

glenn – Unless Dems want to be voted out in primaries, with a SCOTUS that will end abortion, civil rights, voting rights, on and on, they better reform the courts or we’ll elect Dems in 2022 who will. AdLib an hour ago

Ad–I hope so. glenn an hour ago

I’m sorry folks. I don’t like the USA just now. The ugliest I’ve ever seen. Hopefully things will start to brighten up in November pinkpantheroz an hour ago

So, what do you thik Trump will do on Election Night when it’s clear he’s lost? AdLib an hour ago

I’m sorry I have to go now, guys. My nephew passed away suddenly yesterday, and my sister is on the phone. I need to talk to her. I’ll check out the rest of the conversation tomorrow on the archives. G’night guys. Take care. glenn an hour ago

Declare the vote null and void. pinkpantheroz an hour ago

Ad…elect dems in 2022? Really? Wait until next year? It is now or never (or at least a very, very, very long time from now. MurphTheSurf3 an hour ago

Sorry glenn. Condolences to all. Take care pinkpantheroz an hour ago

Sorry to hear this, glenn. Take care. AdLib an hour ago

Murph – My point is, any Dems who don’t support reforming the courts becomes an enemy of most of us and will be voted out. Dems need to come together and take the big steps needed to repair all this ongoing damage. Baby steps are not wanted. AdLib an hour ago

Well, it seems that fires out in Ca and Oregon coincide with a light going out in DC. pinkpantheroz an hour ago

PPO – Well said. AdLib an hour ago

Ad, but up until a few hours ago, the GOP was being written off as dead in the water after the election. Won’t thisadd a few more nails in ther coffin? pinkpantheroz an hour ago

Each day that goes by nly makes it clearer that this election is about good vs. evil…annd about 40% of Americans prefer evil. AdLib an hour ago

Ad…you presume that there will still be that opporunity in 2022. After what I have witnessed in the last year, I think it is possible, even plausible that we will son have on party rule. MurphTheSurf3 an hour ago

PPO – Did you see the video of the turnout today for early voting in VA? Massive, hundreds instead of the usual dozen. And all wearing masks, these weren’t Trumpers. I think turnoout for Dems will be bigger than predicted, especially with RBG dyiing and McConnell drooling at replacing her the night she died. AdLib an hour ago

Will lindsay Graham have the balls to prevent a vote? I doubt it. pinkpantheroz an hour ago

Yes, Ad. I saw that. Now who takes care of all those votes, or are they counted right away? pinkpantheroz an hour ago

Murph – I’m concerned about what happens on Election Day, what evil Trump may unleash. But I thiik it will be far harder for Trump to succeed i a coup than for Biden to win the election by a strng margin and fend off his madness. AdLib an hour ago

It beats me how McConnell is so popular in Ky, yet the State rates lowest in almost every facet of life. pinkpantheroz an hour ago

PPO – It’s different for each state. Most of the time, they start counting them before Election Day. AdLib an hour ago

Ad, hopefully they won’t be ‘lost’ somewhere. pinkpantheroz an hour ago

PPO – Ketucky is one of the poorest educated states and very white, I think those are big factors. You can’t be too bright to vote for Moscow Mitch. Also, I think there is a corrupt political machinne in KY that protects McConnell. AdLib an hour ago

Sigh pinkpantheroz an hour ago