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Wednesday, 01 February 2017

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Gorsuch is smart, articulate, and supremely qualified. No argument there. And it's not worth the time to counter Lifson's silly trash talk and assumed motives concerning Democrats or the left. There is a bone to be picked, however, over Democrats alone being in a complicated situation.

Mitch McConnell, Republican majority leader of the US Senate, is a thorough institutionalist. He believes in the Senate's function as described by George Washington in our mythology: "We pour our legislation into the senatorial saucer to cool it." There's no guarantee he'll set off the so-called "nuclear option" and change the Senate rules to allow confirmation by simple majority vote. Possibly it's why Trump named a second choice, Thomas Hardiman, that might face less resistance should Senate Democrats fight, which many claim they will.

Eliminating the filibuster would make the Senate more like the House. That would make the government overall more small 'd' democratic in nature; not an outcome desired by Republicans.

David, For Your Eyes Only
We are here on the ground in Miami, not to escape the cold weather in Europe - No! to get Intel on the Trump phenomenon. We started by having dinner in the Trump golf resort in Doral. After getting the bill for four I now understand how he managed to finance his own campaign!
Tomorrow we set out for Orlando where we will be soliciting opinions in a Mexican restaurant close to Disney World.
I will keep you posted.

You see, People, our intrepid reporter, Timbo, is right up there at the sharp end, risking everything to give you (or y'all') up to date reports. Dining at the Trump golf resort!!! There are no words!

Orlando! God, that unspeakable place.

A sacrifice indeed. Feugh.

Timbo?

You got reliable transportation? GPS mebbe?

14 miles west over in Winter Garden there's a place. Get on Highway 50.

Taqueria Jalisco is the place.

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