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Could it be that the GOP’s methods have become . . .



. . . unsound?

This message showed up today in the in-boxes of a whole lot of lawyers:

“In the event of a government shutdown on October 1, 2013, the federal judiciary will remain open for business for approximately ten business days. On or around October 15, 2013, the Judiciary will reassess its situation and provide further guidance. All proceedings and deadlines remain in effect as scheduled, unless otherwise advised. Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) will remain in operation for the electronic filing of documents with courts.”

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  • agorabum

    I don’t see any methods at all…

    But Ted Cruz? You listen to him. The man’s enlarged my mind. He’s a poet-warrior in the classic sense. I mean, sometimes he’ll, uh, well, you’ll say hello to him, right? And he’ll just walk right by you, and he won’t even notice you. And suddenly he’ll grab you, and he’ll throw you in a corner, and he’ll say “Do you know that ‘if’ is the middle word in life? ‘If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you, if you can trust yourself when all men doubt you’…” I mean, I’m no, I can’t – I’m a little man, I’m a little man, he’s, he’s a great man. “I should have been a pair of ragged claws scuttling across floors of silent seas”

    • Incontinentia Buttocks

      What are they gonna say about him? What are they gonna say? That he was a kind man? That he was a wise man? That he had plans, man? That he had wisdom? Bullshit, man!

      • Peter Hovde

        Who’s gonna set them straight? Me? Look at me! Wrong! Wrong! You!

        • FMguru

          One through nine, no maybes, no supposes, no fractions. You can’t travel in space, you can’t go out into space, you know, without, like, you know, uh, with fractions – what are you going to land on – one-quarter, three-eighths? What are you going to do when you go from here to Venus or something? That’s supply-side economics dialectic physics.

      • FMguru

        The heads. You’re looking at the heads. Sometimes he goes too far. He’s the first one to admit it.

        • Pat

          But what about the angular momentum?

        • The_Melvinator

          When something goes wrong
          He’s the first to admit it
          The first to admit it
          The last one to know…

    • wjts

      In the event of a government shutdown, will I be allowed to paint the word “fuck” on the nose of my plane?

      • Pee Cee

        No, because it’s obscene.

        You may, however, continue to drop fire on people.

      • herr doktor bimler

        I was told there would be Playboy bunnies.

    • FMguru

      Also, how come I didn’t notice until just now that the officers in the briefing scene (the famous “terminate with extreme prejudice” scene with a young Harrison Ford cameo) were named Colonel Lucas and General Corman?

    • Alex O’connor

      The eternal footman snickers

  • cleter

    I became more and more convinced that the GOP had gone insane.

    • N__B

      “Exterminate the brutes. “

      • Strong Thermos

        Exterminate all rational thought.

        • wjts

          Towers open fire!

  • shah8

    Well, judging the process and motivation, I’d say that the GOP is trying for an effective impeachment action that doesn’t need the cooperation of anyone but the House GOP to enact.

    • My $0.02

      This. They want him to blow past the debt ceiling or mint the trillion dollar coin or somesuch. Then they impeach. The Senate would never remove him, of course, but then the GOP candidate can run in 2016 on the “restoring law and order to the Oval Office” platform.

  • Incontinentia Buttocks

    Saigon….shit. I’m still only in Saigon….

    • N__B

      I have no objection to whiskey from the bottle and mirror punching. I draw the line at puppy killing.

  • Davis X. Machina

    Tom Harkin, noted moonbat and crazy-person:

    It’s dangerous. It’s very dangerous. I believe, Mr. President, we are at one of the most dangerous points in our history right now. Every bit as dangerous as the break-up of the Union before the Civil War.

    • bk

      Do yourself a favor and don’t read the comments to that article.

      • Malaclypse

        They are all Spartacus JenBob.

      • I went and had a look at the comments. It really is astonishing that so many people think the democratic party of 1850 and the democratic party of 2013 are the same group of people. They know little American history, and what they know is wrong.

        • MAJeff

          The best part is how racist voter suppression doesn’t exist from the GOP because of the 1860s or something.

        • timb

          neither dies Manju, but he still comments here

    • wengler

      Yeah, Iowa could split between East and West. The east more or less operating normally while the west becomes a Mad Max hellhole controlled by Steve King- the King King.

  • efgoldman

    BTW, the top ad in the right-hand frame is for Lincoln School of Law.
    “Our focus is your success!”
    IANAL and I don’t play one on TV.

  • Pooh

    This strikes me as a feature not a bug – what’s a legal right if you have no venue in which to vindicate that right?

  • DrDick

    I believe that the phrase you are looking for is “completely unhinged.”

  • RepubAnon

    Shutting down the federal courts delays any possible indictment of Jamie Dimon, puts a hold on litigation to enforce federal regulations, allows criminals to walk the streets (spurring gun sales) – what’s not to like? For Republicans, anyway…

  • herr doktor bimler

    And I thought, “My God, the genius of that, the genius, the will to do that.” Perfect, genuine, complete, crystalline, pure. And then I realized they could stand that–these were not monsters, these were men, trained cadres, these men who fought with their hearts, who have families, who have children, who are filled with love–that they had this strength, the strength to do that.

  • Do-Lung bridge grunt

    Go get the Roach!

  • The House Republican caucus is full of Captain Ahabs, and Obama is their Moby Dick.

    Given who Charles Blow is, I have to assume that his use of a white whale metaphor is intentional in every sense.

  • Shwell Thanksh

    I love the smell of market uncertainty in the morning.

  • Anonymous

    Did Douthat steal this idea for an NYT op-ed today?

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