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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Supreme Court vacancy could re-elect Manchin

The retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy after three decades of serving on the nation's highest court could yet save Democratic Senator Joe Manchin's floundering re-election campaign.

West Virginians elected Manchin to be a conservative voice.

Well, he talks like Sean Hannity, but he votes like Nancy Pelosi.

Manchin even proposed further restrictions on gun ownership.

However, Kennedy's retirement allows Manchin a chance to redeem himself in the eyes of the electorate. President Trump will select a successor who needs 50 votes in the Senate; Vice President Mike Pence would break any tie.

Manchin can be one of those 50 votes.

Given the likelihood of a no vote by one of the RINOs in the Senate -- Flake, Corker, and McCain -- Manchin's vote would matter.

President Trump has a list of possible candidates for the Supreme Court. One of them will be the nominee.

For what it is worth, I lean toward Keith R. Blackwell. He would be a diversity pick as he is not a federal judiciary appointee, he didn't attend an Ivy League law school, and he has six years of experience on the state Supreme Court. In short, he is an outsider.

Plus, he was born on the Fourth of July. It does not get more American than that, short of being born on Flag Day.

Oh and he will be only 43 when he takes office.

But that is speculation. Here is my analysis:

If Manchin wants another term in the Senate, he needs to vote for President Trump's nominee. Otherwise, most voters will see him as a two-faced liar who talks the talk but walks the other way.

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18 comments:

  1. Hopefully he loses the election either way

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  2. This is good insight. MC Cain is a dying hater, Flake and Corker don' care no more, unless some more direct aid is airdropped to them off radar. Joe could save the day but he would become hated forever by his colleagues. No restaurant seating for him ever again in DC

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    1. Flake has taken the chocolate. He will not oppose for scotus.

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  3. Don Willett’s my guy! He’s got a social media presence and funny too! A little Tony Scalia action on the Court...

    Big D, methinks you’re getting ahead of yourself on this post. The Demmies will obfuscate, delay, and scream like you’ve never seen. If this comes up for a vote by next February, I’ll be amazed. They’ll attempt a payback for McConnell and Gorsuch. It won’t end well for them. But Status Quo Joe will be long out of office by then.

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    1. They're trying to do it already, but they threw away their big cards, so they're kind of stuck.

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    2. Willett's popular with me, too, but he's new to the fifth circuit and probably will have to hang around there for a bit. But I'd like him to be selected.

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    3. Willet apparently compared president Trump's border wall to the Death Star. Concerning.

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  4. It's a trap! And the Democrats jumped headfirst into it. Now President Trump can say, "If you want me to appoint another conservative Supreme Court Justice I'll need more Republican Senators." Against that argument Lyin' Joe doesn't have a chance. Beauty, eh? - Elric

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  5. Being on the Ninth Circus Court of Appeals is apparently the kiss of death. And so it should be. Whoever Trump nominates should be young, very young, to serve as long as possible and bring tears to the eyes of Liberals for many years to come.

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  6. Joe can fool some of the people some of the time but hopefully Joe can’t fool 50% of the voting people all the of the time.

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    1. How’s this for an ad? Joe MNchin, independent West Virginian. The cut to clip of Joe sitting down after just a glance from Chuckie Schumer at the SOTU.

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    1. I'd be leary of him. His wife is a Zappala and a liar err lawyer. The family is prominent in communist circles in western Pennsylvania.
      Hardiman could end up being another Stevens.

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  8. Here's the guy.

    Bet on it.

    https://www.law.com/nationallawjournal/almID/1202780599695/?slreturn=20180528003348

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  9. Trump doesn't need Manchin because everybody knows that if the first nominee doesn't go through, the next will be more conservative. If this process goes into December, the Dems will have lost their chance to minimize the damage. After the Red Wave, they'll have no influence at all.

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  10. My pick would be Patrick Wyrick of Oklahoma. Born in 1981, he is still a kid, but he has conservative credentials.

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  11. I don't care if Manchin does the the standard Democratic practice of offering fellatio to anyone who will vote for him, I can't see him surviving wall to wall commercials of his performance at the State of the Union where he refused to stand for anything pro-American without his Master Schumer's permission. Please say those commercials are already in the can.

    Way2opinionated

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