Saturday, February 20, 2016

Senator Lisa Murkowski comes out against Obama naming a replacement for Antonin Scalia, after earlier saying that he should.

Courtesy of Alaska Dispatch:  

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski pulled back from an earlier position that the Senate should give a hearing to a nominee to replace the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, saying Thursday that President Obama shouldn’t even nominate a replacement. 

The day before, Murkowski told reporters at a news conference that the Senate should hold a hearing on a nominee — a position setting her apart from Mitch McConnell, the leader of Murkowski’s Republican Senate majority, who said Scalia’s vacancy should not be filled. 

Then, on Thursday afternoon, Murkowski issued a carefully crafted statement from her official Facebook account saying that there shouldn't be a nominee. 

“Given the timing of this vacancy, in the middle of our presidential election, the American people will clearly be weighing in on the direction of the Supreme Court,” the statement said. “I urge the president to follow a tradition embraced by both parties over the past 80 years and allow his successor in the White House to select the next Supreme Court justice. If he ignores this precedent, I believe that extraordinary circumstances give the Senate every right to deny the nominee an up or down vote.”

There she is folks, our spineless, wishy washy, Senator Lisa Murkowski.

And the thing is that compared to the virtually invisible Koch brother owned Senator Dan Sullivan, and the idiotic Congressman Don Young, she is actually the best we have to offer.

Aren't you jealous!

44 comments:

  1. What can you expect from Frank's daughter?

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  2. Anonymous2:12 PM

    Well, here in Colorado we've got Cory Gardner, so the only reason I'm jealous is that he's not an equivocating jackass.

    He's right upfront with all the stupid stuff he believes.

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    1. Anonymous3:24 PM

      I'm here too in Co so I feel the same pain.

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  3. horse head warning in her bed. someone got to her.
    nonny

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  4. Anonymous2:15 PM

    Maybe our Sara has a point -Establishment GOP politicians are pathetic sell-outs.

    Incredibly, the GOP had previously abandoned Murkowski. You'd think she'd be less cowardly!

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  5. Anonymous2:22 PM

    People are so pissed in the comments at ADN. All those fools that were conned into writing her name in because she was the new "moderate Murkowski" got exactly what they would have had if Joe Miller was our Senator.

    They are one and the same. At least a lot of Alaskans are realizing what a snake in the grass she was and is and will not make the same mistake again.

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  6. Anonymous2:24 PM

    The "80 year tradition" is bs. Ronald Reagan nominated Justice Kennedy in the last year of his last term and he was confirmed.

    The American "weighed in" when we re-elected President Obama by a margin of 5 million votes in 2012.

    And another thing... the most recent bs is that it has been 60 years since a sitting President chose not go to the funeral of a Justice who died in office. And Obama dissed Scalia and all loyal Americans today.

    Except for the fact that ONLY one Justice has died in office since 1954 so it's hardly a standard that President Obama needed to live up to.

    Except....he's Black

    A Fan From Chicago

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    1. Justice Kennedy nominated in '87--after rejection of Bork, by the way--but yes, only confirmed in '88. No tradition at all,zero cases of presidents deferring this duty in this circumstance. Rebubs' position flouts common sense itself, among other things

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    2. Anonymous2:54 PM

      Scalia was one of he asses hat didn't attend SOU's that Street works both ways.

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    3. Anonymous3:22 PM

      I have no objection to the fact President and Michelle Obama did not attend the Scalia funeral.

      I would not have gone either - were I in their shoes!

      Scalia was NOT the sweetheart the press is making of him now that he is dead!

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  7. Anonymous2:27 PM

    I find this woman to be a horrid representative of Alaskans in the Senate of the United States Congress. She 'flip flops' more than any other! She cannot be trusted to do what she says she will!

    Never having voted for her, I plan to promote that she 'does not win' when she comes up for reelection!

    We need new blood in Washington D.C. and tenures need to be put into effect. She's been there waaaaay too long and I'm truly tired of hearing her voice!

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  8. Anonymous2:28 PM

    Hell yeah I'm jealous!

    Next thing you know Sarah Palin will try to primary Murkowski!

    Want a front row seat for that! Extra popcorn also too.

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    1. Anonymous3:19 PM

      I wouldn't be at all surprised to see The Sarah come out against Lisa when she is up for reelection! Such a race would be ever so fun and interesting to watch!

      I wouldn't be a voter in their opposition either as I dislike both of them ever so much! Both have been proven to be liars, liars, liars! Guess that must go with being a Republican woman - at least from Alaska!

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  9. Anonymous2:30 PM

    Whoa. Who got to her?

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    1. Anonymous2:40 PM

      You have to even ask? She's basically caucused with the far right ever since she was elected by write-in by a bunch of rubes who bought her bullshit.

      Once she got back to DC she got in line with the Koch contingent and never looked back.

      Hopefully the idiots that were duped into learning how to spell "Murkowski" in order to write her name in won't be fooled again.

      Although this is AK and the majority of the electorate seem to have pretty short memories. As all she has to do is promise some indoor plumbing to the Bush and they'll vote for her for sure, and grant you, they'll still be shitting in honey buckets when she's up for election again.

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  10. Anonymous2:42 PM

    Raygun selected a Supreme Court Justice in his last year, so I guess that would be the tradition. But apparently Murkowski is as uneducated as Barstool Palin.
    Carry on Mr President.

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  11. Frosty no longer AK2:43 PM

    Lisa says and does what's best for Lisa, and changes with whatever direction the wind blows. Always has. Chameleons have nothing on here

    Better where I landed, but not the entire state.

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    1. Anonymous2:55 PM

      Please. Wear plaid

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  12. Anonymous2:49 PM

    What's the going rate on a Murkowski these days? And what Street corner in Anchorage should we avoid?

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  13. Anonymous2:50 PM

    This issue will be used to bludgeon the republican party up to and through the election. Good times.

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  14. Anonymous2:51 PM

    Poor widdle Wisa and the west of the Gwee OP can't walk and chew gum at the same time.

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  15. Anonymous2:53 PM

    Virtually everything she says makes me think she will be retiring at the end of her term as an INDEPENDENT. Lisa knows nobody would vote for her teabaggy self again.

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  16. Anonymous2:56 PM

    What's the going rate on a Murkowski these days? And what Street corner in Anchorage should we avoid?

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  17. Anonymous3:02 PM

    Murkowski is so full of shit! Does she know her Constitution? Obviously not OR she is just following in the steps of Mitch McConnell and the other "do nothing" Republicans in the Senate of the U.S. Congress.

    They ALL need to be fired when next up for reelection. They (as a group) are not respected by Americans, their numbers have tanked (according to polls) and it is time for a huge change with new faces and thoughts!

    NO MORE OBSTRUCTION!

    Out with Lisa Murkowski Alaskans!!!

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    1. Anonymous3:23 PM

      Well, she failed the Alaska Bar Exam 4 times so she's a shitty lawyer, which would lead me to believe that she probably doesn't actually know jack shit about the Constitution either.

      Who's your Daddy, Lisa? He's an asshole but he's the only reason you were elevated beyond a smalltime lawyer doing the leg work and research for a no-name firm in Fairbanks, which is exactly where you belonged.

      Hope I for one can help to send you back to your roots.

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    2. Anonymous3:48 PM

      3:23PM I bet Lisa Murkowski would hate coming back to Alaska to live - knowing how people truly feel about her!

      It was the First People of Alaska that voted for her in their majority and got her reelected last cycle.

      Alaskans need to talk with those folks and educate them better as to the person Murkowski truly is - IF she runs again. She did nothing more than 'use' them!

      Damn, but she is like Palin! Are they sisters in crime?

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  18. My Congresscritter is Greg Walden. At least I have two decent Senators in Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden.

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  19. If a Supreme Court Justice should not be confirmed in an election year, then Anthony Kennedy should resign. He was confirmed February 8, 1988, nine months before the presidential election.

    Okay, Senator Murkowski, be consistent (hah!) Call for Justice Kennedy to resign.

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    1. Anonymous3:41 PM

      Among other, many of them notable, Supreme Court justices who were named in the final year of a presidency are Jay and Brandeis, both of whom were stellar justices.
      Beaglemom

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    2. Anonymous3:41 PM

      Among other, many of them notable, Supreme Court justices who were named in the final year of a presidency are Jay and Brandeis, both of whom were stellar justices.
      Beaglemom

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  20. Anonymous3:23 PM

    Blumenthal and Murphy. I do so love our deep shade of blue!!

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  21. Anonymous3:38 PM

    President Obama Trounces Republicans as 62% Want SCOTUS Vacancy Filled Now

    Even with a leading question, a new Fox News poll shows what Republicans are up against as 62% say the President and Senate should take action to fill vacancy now, while just 34% say wait.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2016/02/18/62-president-senate-fill-scotus-vacancy.html

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  22. Anonymous3:39 PM

    You know - Republicans simply cannot think for themselves. It's always mob rule for them. In this case, they want the president to ignore his duty under the Constitution because, as usual, they are afraid that he might name someone who will have a true understanding of the Constitution and who will not sell himself/herself to the 1%. How pathetic is Ms. Murkowski and her fellow GOP sheep!
    Beaglemom

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  23. Anita Winecooler3:50 PM

    We've got the same idiocy here in Pennsylvania, Pat Toomey (sp?) said it "Should be left to the people to decide", And the ad is paid for by some strange titled organization like "Save the Scotus Foundation"
    Here's the thing, the senate already drew a line in the sand, so anyone POTUS chooses won't make it through, we all could have predicted this with 100 percent certainty.
    The people already made their choice, President Obama, twice, by a landslide. If it wasn't such an important issue, perhaps POTUS would pick Diana Ross as an interim judge , just to see their heads explode.

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  24. Anonymous4:04 PM

    What fucking tradition is that, Lisa?

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    1. Lisa M5:32 PM

      Um, all of 'em, any of 'em that, um, have, have been in front of me over all these years. Um, I have a va—

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  25. Anonymous4:24 PM

    Can we come out and say WHY they want to wait until after the election? I think we can say it. Yeah? It's because they plan on stealing it and the next justice will be their pick. I say name a nominee and "please proceed GOP."

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  26. Chenagrrl5:43 PM

    She's so full of shit her eyes are brown. This tradition she is flapping her jaw about has been debunked repeatedly. The only other senator babbling it is Rubio, and it seems to be part of his talking points that haven't been edited yet. Shortly after her flip-flop Ms. Lisa was shown walking six paces behind MissMcConnell. She had to flip flop or loose her clip-clop rights.

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  27. Anonymous6:05 PM

    Typical rethug bullshit. Fuck you Lisa.

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  28. Anonymous7:01 PM

    What a liar, typical. Never voted for you Lisa and never will. You and your stoolie Dan.

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  29. Anonymous7:26 PM

    I DARE the Republicans to spend the next 9 months blocking Obama appointments...even the ones that they unanimously voted into other courts.

    The media won't stand for it. Liberals won't stand for it. Most importantly, the all important Independents won't stand for it. They'll be exposed as the petulant children they are. And they'll eventually cave in...but only after seriously damaging their image.

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  30. Randall3:57 AM

    When your Republican friends say "80 years of precedent" or "an 80 year tradition" of not selecting a SCOTUS nominee in the last year of the Presidential term, ask them to name two.

    Just name TWO justices that died during the final year of a Presidential term within the last 80 years.

    And then when they can't (because it didn't happen) then explain to them that they're confusing coincidence with "tradition" and/or "precedent".

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  31. Anonymous4:09 AM

    They keep wanting to re write the rules when things don't go their way.

    How about we the people re write the rules and void all the election results where Republicans/teabaggers won.

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  32. Once again, a clarion call for democrats to get off their asses and vote in every single election, national, state, and local. A party that doesn't feel threatened or challenged will impose its will. Republicans always need to know there will be a fight. Whether Obama's nominee succeeds or not, the point is the challenge.

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