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Don't Be Fooled By Trump's SCOTUS Short List

There's no reason to believe that Trump will nominate a principled constitutionalist to the Supreme Court.

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Today Donald Trump released a list of 11 federal and state judges that he says he will consider nominating to the U.S. Supreme Court if he is elected president. Here's the list:

  • Judge Steven M. Colloton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit
  • Judge Raymond W. Gruender of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit
  • Judge Thomas M. Hardiman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit
  • Judge Raymond M. Kethledge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
  • Judge William H. Pryor Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
  • Judge Diane Sykes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
  • Justice Allison H. Eid of the Colorado Supreme Court
  • Justice Joan Larsen of the Michigan Supreme Court
  • Associate Chief Justice Thomas Lee of the Utah Supreme Court
  • Justice David Stras of the Minnesota Supreme Court
  • Justice Don Willett of the Texas Supreme Court

If that particular batch of names happens to sound familiar, that's because it corresponds so closely with the SCOTUS wish list released last month by the Heritage Foundation, an influential conservative think tank with deep ties to the Republican Party. Somebody at the Trump campaign is clearly listening to the folks at Heritage. It's perhaps the clearest sign yet that Trump is attempting to play nice with the GOP establishment.

What to make of Trump's list? For starters, it features a number of highly respected conservative jurists, some of whom are basically seen as rock stars within the ranks of the Federalist Society and the broader conservative legal movement, such as Judge Diane Sykes and Judge William Pryor. For legal conservatives, this is a respectable list.

There's also one name on Trump's list that is sure to make libertarians sit up and take notice. That name is Justice Don Willett, a highly popular figure in libertarian legal circles thanks to his concurring opinion in the 2015 case of Patel v. Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, in which the Texas Supreme Court struck down a truly ridiculous occupational licensing scheme. "This case is fundamentally about the American Dream and the unalienable human right to pursue happiness without curtsying to government on bended knee," Willett wrote. "It is about whether government can connive with rent-seeking factions to ration liberty unrestrained, and whether judges must submissively uphold even the most risible encroachments." (I'm happy to note that Willett cited my book in his opinion.)

But the real question here is not whether Trump's SCOTUS list will impress conservatives (it will). The real question is why any conservative (or any libertarian for that matter) would ever trust Trump to name a principled constitutionalist to the Supreme Court in the first place. Keep in mind that Trump has shown nothing but contempt for the idea of constitutionally limited government throughout this election cycle. He's trashed the Bill of Rights, trashed the 14th Amendment, trashed religious liberty, trashed free speech, and trashed the idea of placing limits on executive power during both wartime and peacetime. As George Washington University law professor Orin Kerr recently observed, "If Trump has a choice between an originalist conservative with sterling credentials who would often block Trump, and a buddy of his who hasn't read the Constitution but would let Trump do what he wants, who do you think Trump would pick?"

If you've paid any serious attention to Trump and his agenda, you already know the answer to that.

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  1. The real question is why any conservative (or any libertarian for that matter) would ever trust Trump to name a principled constitutionalist to the Supreme Court in the first place.

    Desperation? Rationalization? Delusion?

    1. Because he’s short-sighted enough to appoint a principled constitutionalist and then be shocked when some future authoritarian move of his runs afoul of that same Justice?

      1. He doesn’t worry, he’ll build a wall around the Supreme Court.

    2. At least Trump didn’t pick William Weld for his VP!

      1. Who’s William Weld?

    3. The real answer is, because he said so. Seriously, what other criterion do you have to judge by? He’s never nominated a judge before.

      This article is like saying, “Pay no att’n to candidates. Close your eyes & vote at random.”

      No, actually it’s worse, because it’s such transparent special pleading vs. Trump. The article should say like, “Trump’s judicial pick list looks promising. Something good about him.”

      1. No, actually it’s worse, because it’s such transparent special pleading vs. Trump. The article should say like, “Trump’s judicial pick list looks promising. Something good about him.”

        Except that’s not the prevailing MO on Reason, so of course they’re not going to say that. It’s pleading and hyperbole all the way down.

        1. This article is probably the prelude to “The Libertarian Case For Hillary Clinton”, or some crap about how her SCOTUS picks won’t be utter garbage.

      2. When Trump’s statements are consistently inconsistent you have to ask yourself which way will he go on any specific issue. Trump is known to fire people (in the real world, not just on his TV show) for telling him something that he doesn’t want to hear. Does that sound like someone who would put a principled, unyielding, Constitutionalist on the Supreme Court?

      3. It looks like you missed the part where they say that the Judges are mostly good picks, with some excellent picks, and then glossed over the points made about how Trump is inconsistent about everything (probably including this!). It wouldn’t surprise me if this is an attempt to make people like Mark Levin stop hammering him, but that’s a pipe dream on Trump’s part even though people like Levin already said they would vote for him while holding their nose so there isn’t much incentive for a follow-through.

        Personally, if I were going to vote for either major party, I would choose Trump just because there’s an outside chance he won’t be as bad as Hillary. However, I won’t vote for Trump because I not only don’t trust Trump but there’s an infinitely better candidate on the LP ticket I can vote for and not feel like I drank bleach. While Johnson (or whomever) won’t be perfect they are such a lesser evil that one could almost say they’re good.

        As if I give two fucks about ‘throwing my vote away’. College level political science classes teach you that you’re always throwing your vote away; it’s just that people throwing their votes away together matters. Well, why aren’t we getting in line behind the LP to throw our shit away together? I can guarantee that 95% of us would feel better losing with Johnson than winning with Trump in the four to eight years after the election.

        1. You never really lose with a good Johnson. #FeelTheJohnson

      4. Just like the DemoRats, Progressives and Socialists hate Trump, so do some conservatives. Trump is a populist in his climb to being the candidate but nobody really knows how he will act in office. This scares some people more than the horrible actions that most known politicians do in office.

        Trump made a good decision and chose to use other’s expertise in decent conservative judges out there that might be good Supreme Court justices. That is a good thing and Trump should get credit for that.

        Trump should also get bashed for stupid decisions in the past like trying to get local government to eminent domain the old lady’s house for Trump, Inc.

      5. @Robert Its pretty clear you didnt read the article. That seems to have become a trend in the once-awesome Reasonoid comments: read the headline, jump to the comments to bitch about how Reason are secret democrats or that the author is Shikha Dahlmia or Sheldon Richman. Take that shit to the Daily Caller or National Review where borderline illiteracy is par for the course & leave Reason for the grownups.

        1. Agreed, Jay. Amazingly, TEAM apologia and reflexive criticism (of the sort you described) have become common in the comments here.

          Since this is in fact private property (thank god), I would be quite fine with simply banning the idiots. Reason is certainly not the better for them and this recent trend.

    4. The real question is why any conservative (or any libertarian for that matter) would ever trust Trump to name a principled constitutionalist to the Supreme Court in the first place.

      Much better to trust Hillary to do it.

      1. Or, you know, the eventual Libertarian nominee.

        Sometimes I wish I could experience TEAM myopia. I’m sure it’s just as good as being stoned.

  2. DO I VOTE FOR TRUMP OR NOT!?!?!?!

    1. That you are asking the question indicates to me (knowing nothing else) that you should NOT.

      1. He shouldn’t definitely not not vote against Trump’s opponent.

  3. WHYCOME U NO BASH HILERY HUH

    1. I came here for the WHYCOME.

  4. How does this list compare to Hillary’s? I despise Trump but at least we have a chance of libertarian/constitutional minded judges.

    1. Here’s Hillary’s short list of judges.

      Warren

      Obama

      Do I even need to continue?

      1. Goodwin Liu?
        (his friends call him Godwin)

        1. You know who else was associated with Godwin?

    2. I was coming here to post this very comment only in all-caps.

          1. The fact that we’re infected with these dank memes indicates to me that Trump has won the internet already. How this translates into meatspace remains to be seen.

    3. I’m sure Hillary’s list doesn’t include Donald Trump the way Trump’s list does. Trump has a very good brain, the highest IQ, knows more about the courts than judges (I assume, since he knows more about banking than bankers and more about the military than generals and more about foreign affairs than diplomats, just for starters) and there’s nothing in the Declaration of Independence that says he can’t be a Supreme Court judge and President at the same time, is there? And if there is, well, he’ll just send that legislation over to the Supreme Court and make them repeal it. Trump, in all honesty, gotta tell ya, will be the greatest, classiest Supremo ever. Ev – er. Not like that Scalia guy, didn’t even know Kelo was the law of the land. People need stuff, nobody should be greedy and keep it all to themself like that. Probably never even built a world-class limousine parking lot. Sad, really. And don’t even get me started on the lying liars who say lying stuff about Trump and then try to hide behind the First Commandment. They don’t wanna open up the lie/bull laws? They’ll do it, they’ll do what he tells them to do. He’ll sue them so fast and so hard like they won’t believe. You’ll see.

      1. You know what’s weird?

        The current president actually said things similar to those in your example–hell, he said he’d fix the weather and stop the rise of the seas, too.

        If your hyperbole wasn’t already actual fact it might’ve worked.

        1. It’s honestly to the point where satire and reality have come together and become indistinguishable from one another. Hyperbole is the new truth.

          1. From my point of view, the Jedi are evil!

      2. Not like Bernie Sanders who said the Citizens United was one of the worst laws Congress ever passed.

        I’m not a Trump guy. He was last on my Republican list, but he’s still miles above Clinton or Sanders. He said many times that he would “hire the best people.” At the time it sounder to me like reliance on “top men” but I do believe that he will try to pick the best people for the job. The court is one place where it’s legitimate.

  5. How about Alex Kozinski?

    1. Or JR Brown?

      HAHAHAHA, not gonna ever happen.

  6. So we’re still doing that thing where, when Trump says something we don’t like, its gospel and he’ll do it for sure, and when he says something we do like, well, who knows if he’ll really do it or not?

    1. Of course. *sips cocktail*

    2. So we’re still doing that thing where, when Hillary Trump says something we don’t do like, its gospel and he’ll she’ll do it for sure, and when he she says something we do don’t like, well, who knows if he’ll really do it or not?

    3. No kidding. He has an actual list, but we can’t believe that will happen. The wall and the Muslim thing, though, we have to panic because he’ll do it.

      1. He said the list is only for Scalia, not future picks.

        1. Ok and your point being….?

          Do you think he’s going to just shred this list once someone is confirmed?

        2. Well, of course. Future picks may be out a few years.

          1. Have you seen Ginsburg? She is going to die in her position any day now. Obama was a complete moron not to advocate her retiring and him nominating someone else when the DemoRats had a congressional majority. Instead they doubled down on ObamaCare with the majority.

            Trump will be able get at least 2 justices on the SCOTUS at this rate.

    4. So I’m not the only one who noticed that.

    5. Yeah, and Robby believes everything Obama says he believes in even though HIS administration always does the exact opposite…

    6. So we’re still doing that thing where, when Trump says something we don’t like, its gospel and he’ll do it for sure, and when he says something we do like, well, who knows if he’ll really do it or not?

      It’s more like when Trump says something NeverTrumpers like…HE’S LYING!!!!

      This ridiculous “tactic” is why Trump is the presumptive nominee and the presumptive “next president”.

    7. If Vladimir Putin said that Thomas Jefferson was his personal hero would you find that to be a reason to praise Putin? Or would you suspect that he has an ulterior motive in saying that?

      Trump seems to be a massive conglomeration of ulterior motives in everything he says. Everything that passes his lips is said for the effect he expects it to have on his audience. Any relationship to reality is purely coincidental.

  7. This is PR by Reason. Saying that Trump has trashed the 1st amendment, etc. when I don’t think he has directly done or said anything of the sort ( which is what I would require to use the term “trashed”_ is miselading – although I probably would write that if my primary goal was to appeal to people based upon some of the statements Trump has made.

    As a libertarian, I actually dislike this type of logic/statement in Reason articles when it’s not necessary and perhaps misleading to do so.

    1. Reason isn’t really a Libertarian site. It’s only vaguely Libertarian leaning, insofar as one can grandstand for pot + ass sex + Mexicans. Beyond that, not Libertarian.

      1. I disagree. It may not stand up to your No True Scotsman standards, but Reason certainly defends a plethora of libertarian positions. They are consistently good on sex work, regulation, immigration (just don’t tell some of the commentators), taxes, graft, cronyism, drug war, police militarization, international politics, the drug war, and others. Are they perfect? No. Not on everything, and every author has biases, but, in general, Reason and Reason.com do stand for and defend the “Free Minds Free Markets” they say they do.

        But, as is so often the case in the comments section, since 100% of them don’t agree with 100% of YOUR particular libertarian fetishes, you can pull out the No True Scotsman and feel better about yourself.

        1. I seriously doubt that mfckr’s libertarian standards even exist.

  8. The key question for me is (a) has he actually promised to take his Supreme Court picks from this list and (b) will he keep that promise?

    As to (a), I haven’t been able to find his exact announcement. Is it a mushy “this is the *sort* of judge I’d nominate* statement, or is it an “if elected, my Supreme Court nominees will be from this list if any of them are available.”

    As to (b), he pimps himself as a dealmaker who keeps his word once he’s given his word. If that’s true, then I would be *very* interested in knowing *exactly* what he’s promised.

    1. “Ladies and gentlemen, today I nominate my sister, who is sort of like the people on that list I issued during my campaign.”

      1. I could believe that.

        1. Me, too. Especially if it were “like the people — and they are *incredible* people — on that list”.

          1. All of that does make it even more believable.

    2. Trump has given his word that he’ll cheat and chisel and corner-cut you every chance he gets because that’s just good business. If you got suckered by him, well, that’s your fault and maybe next time you’ll know better. See? He just taught you a valuable lesson. His idea of “keeping his word” is an awful lot like Hillary’s I’m afraid. Define “keeping”, define “his”, define “word”.

  9. For certain writers, there’s literally nothing Trump could possibly say that would prevent them from reviling him. Releasing a fine slate of conservative names for Supreme Court justice just isn’t enough. We’ll be in the middle of Trump’s 2020 re-election bid and the usual suspects will be telling us that if we elect Trump to a second term then he’ll start doing all the terrible things they’ve been warning us about.

    1. For certain writers, there’s literally nothing Trump could possibly say that would prevent them from reviling him.

      You mean the ones with an IQ over 50?

      1. Wow, “Trump supporters are stupid”

        What a hot take. Have you told other people about this amazing insight?

        1. It’s pretty self-evident.

          1. Yet you felt the need to pop off with some snide one-liner like you’re insightful and witty.

            1. And you feel the need to jump to Trump’s defense, every time. Why don’t you jump off his dick?

              1. because you’re saying stupid things for no reason.

                “Here’s a list of good judges”

                “Waaaa waaaa, Trump won’t use that list because he’s Trump and I have an obsessive need to rip every single thing he does and says. It makes me popular and in the ‘it’ crowd!”

                Seriously, Irish, just step back and take a breath or two.

                1. “Here’s a list of good judges”

                  Authored by (staffers of) a guy renowned for his waffling, finger-in-the-wind approach to philosophical consistency.

              2. Why don’t you jump off his dick?

                He would, but Winston’s mom is waiting to get on next. She even asked me, “How dumb would someone have to be to support a tomato-faced blowhard with no particular principles beyond self-aggrandizement and a sense of honesty and values which are on a par with Clinton’s?” I showed her this thread. She cried a little.

                1. Clinton is far more evil than Trump ever could be. Like with the Kurgen, if she receives the Prize, there will be a thousand years of darkness.

          2. Trump supporters actually have higher incomes than the average Republican voter. I seriously doubt Trump supporters are dumber than any other voter.

            1. I seriously doubt Trump supporters are dumber than any other voter.

              They’re no dumber than Bernie-bots. Which is to say, Tard Fight.

        2. Wow, “Trump Clinton supporters are stupid”

          Wow, “Trump Sanders supporters are stupid”

          Wow, “Trump Cruz supporters are stupid”

          Was all this not self-evident?

          1. Be fair now. There were never any Cruz supporters.

            1. I laughed.

      2. I was actually around in the ’80’s when People magazine and their ilk were glamorizing and glorifying the celebrity business world and Donald Trump was the poster child for celebrity businessman. Mostly because Lee Iacocca just wasn’t as photogenic, didn’t have a young wife with big tits, and didn’t hang out at the hip, happening discotheques. The high-stakes gamblers like T. Boone Pickens and Kirk Kerkorian and the fashion empire moguls got their share of celebrity sighting news clips, but Trump was a made-for-TV caricature of a businessman just like Danielle Steel was a great writer, Farrah Fawcett was a great actress, Phil Donahue was a great thinker and Bruce Springsteen was the voice of a generation. *puke* Like I’m going to take any of these people seriously.

    2. Well, it isn’t enough. For one, you can’t really believe anything Trump says. He’s been all over the place and he’s very ambiguous at times. He might say something to the effect of ‘Well, I could sell you these apples right here, but I won’t, well I could, but I might still, I don’t know, we’ll see’. Almost everything he says is like that if you take out his two top things, immigration and trade. I’m totally against what he says he will do on trade and I don’t know what he will do on immigration, since it’s obvious he’s not going to build a wall. He’ll just say ‘Well, a wall is a good idea, we could do that, but we’re not going to do that, but we could have done that, ramble, ramble’. But yeah, Reason are going to criticize everything he says no matter what.

    3. “For certain writers, there’s literally nothing Trump could possibly say that would prevent them from reviling him.”

      Not true. All he would have to say for me to praise him would be “I am quitting the race because I am intellectually and temperamentally ill-equipped to be president. Anyone who supported me should not be allowed to handle sharp instruments.”

  10. Cookie Monster not on list. Mum, mum, mum.

    1. That’s a shame. Cookie Monster has a good track record on state’s rights, and cookies.

  11. That didn’t take long. Now if Hillary had that list, well you know she’d get it done.

  12. After seeing a picture of some hapless moron’s Bernie 2016 tattoo, I was wondering what happens to all the campaign gear after these candidates flame out. No one will remember Bernie four years from now. I wonder if they send that shit to Africa like the NFL does the merchandise of Super Bowl losers. Somewhere is there an African village that thinks the Patriots went 19-0 and that Michael Dukakis won the 1988 election?

    1. Antiques Roadshow.

      1. I’m sorry, but your ceramic whatnot is a fake. Now go cry alone, granny!

    2. I still see the occasional Kerry bumper sticker.

      Sad.

      1. Speaking of bumper stickers, I’ve seen lots of Bernie stickers around here. Only one Hillary sticker and it was one of those Hillary for Prison stickers, right below a Bernie sticker.

        1. You’re near Baltimore right?

          Doesn’t surprise me one bit.

        2. Favorite bumper sticker I saw recently was “9/11 was an inside job.”

      2. I see prenty kerry gleen bumpel stickel!

  13. The real question is why any conservative (or any libertarian for that matter) would ever trust Trump to name a principled constitutionalist to the Supreme Court in the first place the list contains no transgendered people.

    1. Thank you!

      1. Xe’s welcome!

        1. Did you just refer to a Ze as a Xe?! Heteronormative CIS shitlord bigot!

          1. Heh. We’re going from should we us he or she to should we use xe or ze in record time…

            1. It is this kind of progressive, forward thinker who focuses on the real issues facing our great nation which futher drives home our pressing need for a like button.

              Purhapse title XII can be used to force Reason to create one? After all, the magic spell of the Temple title XIV has been shown to be capable of great power and utility far beyond its humble description, so why can’t the mystical powers of the titty XYZ be invoked to solve this eternally pressing issue, like it has helped so many other long sufferering minorities.

              And who in this great land is more long suffering or more minority than the Libertarian?

            2. It is this kind of progressive, forward thinker who focuses on the real issues facing our great nation which futher drives home our pressing need for a like button.

              Purhapse title XII can be used to force Reason to create one? After all, the magic spell of the Temple title XIV has been shown to be capable of great power and utility far beyond its humble description, so why can’t the mystical powers of the titty XYZ be invoked to solve this eternally pressing issue, like it has helped so many other long sufferering minorities.

              And who in this great land is more long suffering or more minority than the Libertarian?

    2. The SCOTUS already has four trannies.

  14. You Know Who Else had a list?

    1. The Titanic?

    2. The Royal Academy of Music at Budapest?

      1. 3rd Comment. 17 minutes. Teh disappoint. And that’s what your mom said too…

    3. Nixon?

    4. Santa?

      1. Do you mean ….

        /churchladyvoice

        ….Satan?!

    5. Hugo on “Lost”?

      1. Of course he knew nobody was on that plane.

    6. Obama?

      Or maybe ‘Matrix’ is the correct term.

  15. The logic of Root is just terrible here. Trump releases concrete stuff that’s great, and we’re ripping him because….?

    1. As George Washington University law professor Orin Kerr recently observed, “If Trump has a choice between an originalist conservative with sterling credentials who would often block Trump, and a buddy of his who hasn’t read the Constitution but would let Trump do what he wants, who do you think Trump would pick?”

      Terrible logic. Very mean!

      1. I think RC is right: there’s a set of people who suffer from Trump Derangement Syndrome. He could promise to end the WOD tomorrow and you idiots would find something to just make up and turn it negative.

        1. Yeah, it’s really terrible that I don’t trust Donald Trump’s statements when he randomly changes his mind every 4 minutes.

          1. All you need to say is, “this is a great list and I hope he sticks with it”

            THE END.

            You and Root are inventing strawmen to fight for no reason. Find something better to do than inventing arguments!

        2. Yep, the people who are critical of Trump are the deranged ones. Trenchant insight Andre.

          1. So you don’t like the list? Please tell me why and what you would rather see.

            1. It’s a shame that you and John are both riding the Trump Train. Watching the two of you escalatingly sea-lion each other over differing positions for 200+ comments would be the sole entertaining diversion during this dreadful election cycle.

              1. You know, it is quite simply this. Fucking Hillary is going to pick judges who will gut the 1st and 2nd amendments, guaranteed, yet Trump released a list of judges who will not.

                That’s a 100% chance of doom versus at least a slim chance of not total doom.

                So take that for what you will.

        3. So you’re not going to address the logic that you say is faulty, you’re just going to point to what other people have said at other times about other issues. Fallacious!

          1. Sad! Real loser! Stupid lulztopian brings shame on his family!

          2. I addressed the logic: Root made up a strawman.

        4. It’s obvious. Like the way people here equate him to Hillary’s level of evil and villainy. Which is ridiculous.

    2. Because TRUMP!

      Recipe for a Combover cocktail:

      http://www.bonappetit.com/ente…..l-combover

    3. It’s not concrete. I’m all for being able to discuss Trump without all the pants shitting. But let’s be real here, it’s not only not concrete, but it’s the Donald who’s saying it. Put aside his ambiguous ramblings for a moment. What has Trump said he’s going to do, that he has actually done? Anything?

      1. Win the Republican nomination.

        1. Yes, but that doesn’t count. I want something that Trump said he’d do policy wise that he has done. Of course the answer is nothing, I realize that, which is my point. How do you trust someone who has no record and who rambles on and on?

          1. Doesn’t he have to be elected President first?

          2. Yes, but that doesn’t count. I want something that Trump said he’d do policy wise that he has done.

            That’s a pretty tall order for someone who’s never held an elective office or government policy-making position.

            How about all the building he has said he’d build … and then built?

            1. I think you’re missing my point. I’m not even saying that Trump will not deliver on everything he says he will. But most of what he says is so ambiguous you can’t even tell what it is. Maybe he makes a solid and clear policy outline for everyone to see. But even then, he has no record of delivering on political promises, so he’s a complete unknown. Unlike someone like Rand Paul, whose voting record stands on it’s own and then you know you can believe him. Hillary I already know I can’t believe, Trump I know nothing about.

    4. we’re ripping him because….?

      We rip everyone. Some people just aren’t happy unless they are repeatedly kicked in the balls.

    5. Trump releases concrete stuff that’s great, and we’re ripping him because….?

      Because Trump’s a Republican and we’ve heard all these lies before. It’s only “concrete stuff that’s great” if you’re under 30 or an idiot or a Republican or John. Despite the CW, some of us here really are libertarians and not just Republicans who like to smoke dope. We really and truly have no interest in jumping on the lesser-of-two-evils bandwagon. We rip Trump because it’s just not sporting to rip senile old Marxist dingbats or the dessicated husk of a jikininki-possessed soulless wretch. And it’s fun.

      1. …some of us here really are libertarians [who like to smoke dope] and not just Republicans who like to smoke dope…

        FTFY.

        … it’s just not sporting to rip senile old Marxist dingbats or the dessicated husk of a jikininki-possessed soulless wretch.

        Don’t try and tell me what’s not sporting! I rip senile old Marxist dingbats for breakfast, right after an invigorating workout of face-stomping the husks of jikininki-possessed soulless wretches.

        1. But where do you find the time to smoke all the dope?

      2. I know it’s your personal obsession, but all you’re doing is creating more Trump supporters.

      3. So because he’s a Republican, he’d be less likely to take the advice of the Heritage Found’n? Why does Heritage even offer it, then, considering only Republicans pay much att’n to them?

      4. This would all be a lot easier if we just euthanized the progressives.

        1. And conservatives.

          NeoCons and Drug Warriors Interventionists and Authoritarian So-Cons frighten me as much as any progressive. They are all authoritarians.

          1. Obligatory: “Know who else wanted to euthanize his opponents?”

  16. Here’s how the mainstream media will spin this. Trump is bigot, transphobic, anti-gay, sexist, hate monger, worse than Hitler, no gays or transexuals on Trump’s possible list of SCOTUS appointees.

    1. That’s what he’s hoping.

    1. I’m teh disappoint at the lack of Monty Python…

    2. Warning: interminable.

  17. I love how the only guy actually using the Promoted comments is just using them to pimp them…

    1. Be honest: it’s your mom, isn’t it?

  18. He should appoint that great lawyer Soo Yu…

    1. Or his sister, Soo Yu Tu.

      1. Are they in the noted law firm Dewey, Screwem and Howe?

    2. Hey, white people can be good lawyers too! Just look at Bill Gates’ cousin, Liddy.

  19. Or better yet Phuck Yoo…

    1. Or his mom, Phucka Yu Tu.

      1. No, that’s Winston’s mom.

        1. No, that’s Phuka pho Dolas.

  20. And he said the list “is representative”. Meaning, absolutely nothing. Trump will choose the guy he thinks will help him eviscerate the Constitution. Maybe Hillary’s pick would be worse, of course, but that’s no reason to vote for either. The Senate should move ahead with confirmation hearings on Garland and see how it goes.

    1. The Senate should move ahead with confirmation hearings on Garland and see how it goes.

      No, it shouldn’t.

      1. Yeah, I’m so agreeing with you, No, very very no.

    2. Hillary will pick an ideological marxist. So yes, worse. EVERYTHING about Hillary is pure evil, and therefore worse.

  21. What’s the point of even writing about Trump at this point if he’s the father of all lies?

    1. All of the comrades have not yet accepted that he is the great satan. There is work to be done.

    2. I think it would be easier to post a single blog entry every day titled “You Are So Fucked”

      1. Agreed. Something that even libertarians can agree on.

        1. Accept all the libertarian moment stuff…

          1. *Except*

            1. ACCEPT ALL THE LIBERTARIAN MOMENT STUFF! ACCEPT IT!

    3. yeah, this is what i was trying to say below.

    4. It generates clicks and comments?

    5. And the uncle of all assholery.

  22. I for one am disappointed that John Miller didn’t make the list.

    1. I’d actually register if he was that bold.

  23. I met Lee Iaccoca just before the 92 election. His advice was to not vote for Perot even though Ross was a personal friend of his. He said Ross was crazy enough to dissolve Congress and declare himself dictator. Perot seems saner and more consistent than Trump.

    1. The nuke the moon school of politics agrees with your analysis but not your prescription. Nuke the fucking moon, Trump 2016.

      1. Think bigger. Nuke the polar icecaps of Mars. Matt Damon is thirsty! Vote Trump 2016!

    2. Is that the Lee Iaccoca who was responsible for the Chrysler K-Car? I mean, there have been Nazis and other genocidal monsters responsible for less heinous crimes than that. Why is that guy not on trial for crimes against humanity?

      1. The heinousness of the k car was severely overshadowed by the Yugo of the same period.

      2. Iacocca was responsible for the K-Car. It wasn’t great, but it single-handedly kept Chrysler afloat for about 15 years after the platform debuted.

        Just about every domestic in the early-mid 80s produced garbage–Roger Smith putting the Iron Puke into all of GMs cars comes to mind.

  24. That’s a pretty good SC nominee shortlist by Trump. You can tell by Damon Root’s panicked desperation.

  25. I’m pretty sure the only way we’ll get a principled constitutionalist from any president is by accident.

    1. That’s kinda how Clarence Thomas got in. Bush couldn’t find a Black centrist who’d reliably evolve to the left.

  26. Appease both the libertarian/cuckservatives and the populist dipshits: nominate Andrew Napolitano. Unlike Thomas, he’s not afraid to ask the questions.

    1. What if he was nominated?

      What if he stopped asking questions?

      1. Would you want him to?

    2. Andrew Napolitano and Janice Rogers Brown are both over over 65. One or both would be on the list* if they were younger.

      1. Andrew Napolitano has far too many unanswered questions to die any time soon.

        1. WHYCOME?

  27. I really feel like someone needs to give all the Reason writers a hug and say,

    “Its Ok… there there… its Ok. You can stop now. You don’t need to write any more Trump articles. Its over. No one cares what you think. Its not about you. Its about things you can’t control. I know you think that there’s nothing else to write about. Its time to take a walk in the woods for a while and remind yourself that you got into writing about Politics for the Lulz, not to change the world.”

    1. for the Lulz

      Which, incidentally, explains nearly all of Trump’s internet popularity. The “Can’t Stump” guy started a wildfire.

    2. You’re accusing libertarians of having an outsized sense of influence over politics?

      Gillespie hardest hit.

    3. SOMEONE GIVE GILMORE A COAT! HE’S HIGH ENERGY!

      1. wtf are you on about?

        1. I’m bringing the Trump Train into the comments.

  28. Also = Mike Ditka for SCOTUS

    1. Nope. Bobby Knight endorsed The Donald in exchange for the appointment.

      1. (throws chair at Ruth Bader Ginsberg)

        1. please please please. Someone throwing a chair at her and putting her out of the system is almost better than Hillary going to prison. I would love this.

  29. OT:
    http://www.venezuelanalysis.com/news/11981

    Venezuela’s Bolivarian airforce

    No bias there.

    Justice Henrique Capriles Radonski, yesterday encouraged Venezuela troops to form a mutiny against the national government.

    No mention that was in response to a declaration of a “state of emergency” by Maduro.

    A frenzy of international media reports over the last two weeks have painted an apocalyptic vision of the struggling South American country, citing a lack of access to basic food and medicine, skyrocketing inflation and devaluation of the national currency.

    I like how little attempt is made to refute this except to imply that it is all the CIA and the opposition’s doing.

    1. Venezuela’s Bolivarian airforce

      Pro tip: Bernoullian airforces get you off the ground.

      1. Yeah but who created the Bernoullian airforces? The right-wing CIA death squads or Hugo Chavez?

        1. A butterfly in Kyoto gently flaps it’s wings, and sighs “Ahh, Winston’s mom.”

          1. Yo Momma so fat physicists think he contains all of the dark matter in the universe.

            1. Yo mamma shifts so blue, she was the stunt double for the entire cast of Avatar.

              1. Yo Mamma shifts so much that he is the Doppler effect!

                1. First, terrible, second, your yo mamma’s are persistently about “he”. Explain yourself..

                  1. Except I think Yo Mamma needs to explain….

                    1. Be that way. I just thought you had two daddies

                    2. I was implying that your mother is a man. Damn it…

      2. But burning airlines give you so much more.

  30. Also the Granudian commenters on Venezuela are surprisingly sane…

    1. At least on some of them…

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  33. No guarantees what you’ll get with Trump. Ironclad guarantee what you’d get with Hillary. Easy to do the math on that one.

  34. Trump is using the strategy of a concentration camp torturer. He beats on you for month, then when you’re expecting another beating he offers you an ice cream cone and you begin to think “Maybe he’s not so bad after all”.

    It’s just a negotiation ploy, nothing more. I have no more reason to believe anything that Trump says than he does.

  35. We should vote for Hillary Clinton so that we can get three or four more Ruth bader Ginsburgs and Sonia Sotomayors on the court instead.

    1. “I believe in forced labor.” — Sonia Sotomayor

  36. RE: Don’t Be Fooled By Trump’s SCOTUS Short List
    There’s no reason to believe that Trump will nominate a principled constitutionalist to the Supreme Court.

    Why doesn’t Trump the Grump just make himself the only SCOTUS justice while he’s dictator for life.
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  40. The probability that Trump will pick a principled constitutionalist is small but greater than zero. The probability with HRC is, with 100% certainty, zero.

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