Marc Platt's Politics: I'm a Lefty
By Marc Platt
When Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia suddenly died, most people assumed that the highest court in the land would be in a state of flux. I beg to differ.
Anyone who knows anything about the make-up of the most recent court, would have to admit that the most powerful conservative voice was Antonin Scalia. He was the conservative force that Clarence Thomas followed like a puppy dog for decades.
Anthony Kennedy has been a swing vote on many perilous issues and has saved the liberals bacon several times in recent years.
Chief Justice John Roberts avoided a national disatster when he upheld most of President Obama's ambitious Affordable Care Act legislation.
The MOST severely conservative voice on the court is now history. Even with a 4-4 Supreme Court, they are now free to function without the pressure of Scalia to move them towards obscurity with so many decisions that have done damage like
The Voting Rights Act and Heller (guns).
I understand that Roberts and other conservative voices on the court never liked the 1964-65 legislation, but they WILL have to move on that in the next few years, especially if the Democrats retain the White House.
There will also be abortion cases, guns, affirmative action, LGBT cases. Just watch how they function even with Republican obstruction.
It is only a hunch, but I believe the CURRENT SCOTUS will be much more conducive to doing the right thing with Scalia silenced.
By Marc Platt
Okay Marc...Wake up... It's only a nightmare...Donald Trump or Ted Cruz will really not be the next US President...
That was close...
have you noticed that The Donald has NO SPECIFIC policies when pressed. He can tell you and a crowd of disciples what is wrong with America: "We never win anything," "we negotiate terrible deals" and "Our military is weak."
We only get answers like "I will be the greatest jobs President," "I will be the greatest military president."
You can fool some (Republicans) of the people some of the time, but not all (Independents and Democrats) of the people all of the time.
Ted Cruz has the same problem. He can tell us what the problems are, but offers no real solutions. The ones he does offer are extreme. No "abortions" under any circumstances, just like Marco Rubio. "No exceptioons. I am pro life."
Guys...Have you heard the news? 52% of the overall electorate are WOMEN. Young women, mothers and grandmothers of child-bearing age women. That will not fly in America in 2016.
Have you also noticed that The Donald will just yell and scream right over a questioner's question with incessant talk? Do you really believe Trump can just stand on a stage in a general election debate and call Hillary Clinton "Such a liar" like he does with Cruz, Jeb and Rubio? That will not fly with a general election audience.
Bernie Sanders knows he is up against it with Hillary leading in seven of nine Super Tuesday states. His campaign is putting a lot of eggs in the Boston area market. he desparately needs MA. There are a lot of delegates there. Sanders is also doing big advertising market buys in Oklahoma for that March 1 primary.
Sanders has been critical of Obama in the past and now tries to cling to him, but Clinton is wrapped around the Obama flag and the president himself has signaled more of a kinship with his former Secretatry of State. Bernie has a very tough road starting in South Carolina. He might eek out the Nevada Caucus, but shit gets real in South Carolina and beyond as Hillary Clinton already has a huge SUPER DELEGATE lead.
On the GOP side, kasich and Rubio are hanging tight hoping Cruz and Trump knock each other out in their knock down drag out war of "Liar" claims, etc...
Yes shit is getting very real...
By Marc Platt
Antonin Scalia's death is a game changer in American politics. The US Supreme Court will now be evened out at 4 liberels and 4 conservatives. President Obama will come out with his nominee, who will be looked at as a sacrificial lamb with no chance of being confirmed.
Justice Kennedy becomes the KEY MEMBER of the current court. The cases this court had chosen to hear are significant. There are abortion, affirmative action and electoral matters slated to be heard. Kennedy could be the swing vote that keeps many of these cases from serving the conservative judicial aggenda Scalia so greatly championed.
Barack Obama has little, if any chance to get his potential nominee confirmed, which makes this election season even crazier as both sides will undoubtedly fund raise off his death and the importqance of getting a presidential candidate elected.
Ted Cruz wasted no time citing Scalia's death as a "most important" reason to get a Republican elected.
My prediction...America will have its highest general election turnout ever with the future of the US Supreme Court now the number one reason to get a new President elected for their side.
This will be a Battle Royale that will definitely help more establishment-type candidates. Keep an eye on Donald Trump's poll numbers as the sobering thought of him selecting the next justice sinks in to the voters of the deep south. Ted Cruz will be able to shore up his base. Jeb Bush and John Kasich will seem more reasonable to voters who thought they wanted change.
This development changes everything about this election cycle for the White House and US SEnate.
By Marc Platt
The people have spoken...Or have they?
This is how the Republican race to the nomination really looks to me after New Hampshire.
Donald Trump will keep spewing outrageous things that come off as "Nativism." Ted Cruz will keep saying right-wing conservative things to hold his part of the base. Jeb Bush and John Kasich will try to sound reasonable and "Governor"-type things. As long as Bush and Kasich can stay in the race and have enough money to get to Cleveland, they have a shot.
Trump and Cruz should battle this out all the way to the convention and as long as the four of them are in the race, there is a "HUGE" chance that we will see a contested convention.
This is all about delegates and how to get the necessary amount to win the nomination.
Bush and Kasich need to stick around and let Trump and Cruz battle this thing out.
No matter what happens, the GOP will be far right when the general election happens.
The Democrats are battling for the heart of THEIR party. Bernie Sanders is bringing THAT party far left. Hillary Clinton is being forced to drift towards his brand of socialism.
This is a fascinating thing to watch.
By Marc Platt
I am sorry my far-left-leaning Sanders supporters. It is going to come out that Bernie Sanders has been in the system just like Hillary and everyone else. He is PART of the establishment and yes the economy is rigged for the richest. Mr. Sanders is a part of all that too.
Political Establishment: "A group of social, economic, and political leaders who form a ruling class (as of a nation)"
Someone explain to me how BERNIE SANDERS is NOT a part of the establishment.
1. He has caucused with The Democrats for 25 years, dealing with Democrats and Republicans to get things done.
2. He SEEKS the highest office in the land (POTUS), which is the ultimate establishment position in the free world. right?
3. Sanders received donations from the Democratic Party’s main Senate fundraising arm, which had in turn gotten money from Wall Street. (Time Magazine 2/8/16)
You make the call.