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  1. #2921
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    ^ good Business Week article this week on Mitch and the Russki backed aluminum factory fistouche in Kentucky...(FWIW, I see KY turning blue right after Georgia and Texas, which is basically never. Demographics trumped by legislative, judicial and cultural issues, IMO, in the latter two.)

    Then again, perhaps while in France Trump will give Kentucky back to France as a reversal of the Louisiana Purchase, of which Kentucky wasn't actually a part, but who cares about that?

  2. #2922
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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonEvans View Post
    Y'all want a real fight, what happens if Trump loses, the GOP loses the senate, but Ginsberg dies (or one of the Supremes retires) during the lame duck session? Anyone want to bet whether Mitch and Lindsay might try to put another 50-year-old conservative on the court in those circumstances?
    I am convinced that Thomas will retire in the next year for exactly this reason. Then he will go on a speaking tour, to make up for lost time.

  3. #2923
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    New Bern, NC unless it's a home football game then I'm grilling on Devil's Alley
    Quote Originally Posted by CrazyNotCrazie View Post
    I am convinced that Thomas will retire in the next year for exactly this reason. Then he will go on a speaking tour, to make up for lost time.
    In an election year, a SCJ pick is going to be extra politically charged. I don't think that would be the time that any GOP senator would want to replace Thomas with someone as conservative, or even more conservative, than he is.
    The fight would possibly be even more contentious than that of Kavanaugh's.
    If Thomas were to actually take the path that you surmise, I could see the court actually going to a more moderate stance, simply because of his loss. Sure, he'd be replaced with a Trump pick, but DT would be begged to not pick anyone as extreme. Not to say Trump would actually listen, and if he does, then the GOP Senate would very likely fall into the party line. However, in a rail thin election year as the one we have coming up, they would also very likely deal with consequences that would leave them regretting their choice.

    So, with that being said, I'd guess that Thomas knows this too, and sticks to staying on the bench.
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  4. #2924
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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonEvans View Post
    There has been a good bit of chatter about Mitch McConnell being in trouble in Kentucky. His approval numbers are wretched, in the low 20s, and he has a tough Democratic challenger in former fighter pilot Amy McGrath. She is well funded and generating a lot of enthusiasm. No one is predicting a blue seat from Kentucky yet, but it sure looks like McConnell will have a tough fight on his hands and if the GOP has a tough night in 18 months, Kentucky could flip.
    I have heard about Amy, but since the poll didn't put her up against Mitch (as they did D vs. R in the governor's race) I assumed she wasn't official yet. From what I know about her, I think she can beat him.

    Kentucky is not turning blue (Texas and Georgia might), but if the Rs don't have the enthusiasm the Ds obviously have, that spells trouble for them. This will clearly be the most volatile election season (and probably aftermath) we will have seen in our lifetime (I can't speak on the James K. Polk vs. Henry Clay kerfuffle of 1844).

  5. #2925
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    Quote Originally Posted by CrazyNotCrazie View Post
    I am convinced that Thomas will retire in the next year for exactly this reason. Then he will go on a speaking tour, to make up for lost time.
    Clarence Thomas, one of a kind. He and his wife travel around the country in their RV and stay in parks and camps all over the place. He uses an assumed name and says he enjoys the camaraderie and fireside visits with his fellow campers. One or two have said, "Man, you look a lot like Clarence Thomas."
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  6. #2926
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    Quote Originally Posted by sagegrouse View Post
    Clarence Thomas, one of a kind. He and his wife travel around the country in their RV and stay in parks and camps all over the place. He uses an assumed name and says he enjoys the camaraderie and fireside visits with his fellow campers. One or two have said, "Man, you look a lot like Clarence Thomas."
    Not allowed to spread sporks, but I had to Google that, and HA! It's true! Thanks for today's trivial history lesson.
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  7. #2927
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    Quote Originally Posted by sagegrouse View Post
    Clarence Thomas, one of a kind. He and his wife travel around the country in their RV and stay in parks and camps all over the place. He uses an assumed name and says he enjoys the camaraderie and fireside visits with his fellow campers. One or two have said, "Man, you look a lot like Clarence Thomas."
    Iíve met him a few times, both before he went on the SCt and after. An incredibly nice and cordial guy.
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  8. #2928
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    Quote Originally Posted by dudog84 View Post
    I have heard about Amy, but since the poll didn't put her up against Mitch (as they did D vs. R in the governor's race) I assumed she wasn't official yet. From what I know about her, I think she can beat him.
    Amy McGrath dropped a new ad today that appears to be going viral and really hits Mitch hard on whether he is a champion of coal workers or coal companies. In Kentucky, that is a big deal.

    https://apple.news/AQ6fRSDeuSjy4ytwAL-oTtw
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