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Gorsuch is such a f’n asshole.



Charles Pierce agrees


Famously, during his contentious confirmation hearings, then-Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch was dogged by then-Senator Al Franken about an opinion that Gorsuch had handed down against a truck driver who had been fired after abandoning his busted truck on a frigid night so he wouldn’t freeze to death. The court had decided in favor of the trucker. Gorsuch had dissented.

Points of law aside, it was impossible to come to any conclusion other than, “Jesus, what a schmuck.”

The spirit of the truck-driver case has swirled around the chamber recently. Chief Justice John Roberts has sought to enact COVID protocols, including mask-wearing. There are a number of good and obvious reasons for this, but in particular, it was a concession to Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who is diabetic and therefore particularly vulnerable to COVID. All the justices have complied. Except one.

I’m sure there are some arcane restrictions on the Chief Justice’s power to demand compliance from the other justices, probably dating back to the day when Roger Taney showed up in a ball gown or something. But there’s something to be said for simplicity, too. I mean, Jesus, what a schmuck.


This clown is beyond rude; he’s stupid (and wears it proudly). What an embarrassment!


Al Franken was smeared, and should have fought back against the FRightie Karl Roves who did it. There is no bigger ERA supporter than me, and I have been a victim of sexism.


T and R, and thanks. Ms. Benny!! 🙂 You all deserve medals for Nest hosting. Nope, Dimocraps don’t have bad followers. They have bad, corrupt leaders just like Paul Begala.


🤣😂🤣. ty benny


.@SenSanders tells me he’d be open to supporting a primary challenge to Senators against suspending the filibuster.

— Christian Hall (@christianjhall) January 18, 2022



Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) thinks there’s a “good chance” Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) will face challenges in future Democratic primaries and says he would be open to supporting their opponents.

Asked about the likelihood of Manchin and Sinema being challenged by other Democrats, Sanders indicated he thinks “there’s a very good chance” of that happening, though he observed “it’s up to the people of those states.”

Asked if he would be open to supporting a challenger, Sanders answered bluntly: “Yeah, I would.”