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  1. Mlle. Zabzie

    US Politics: Show Trials & Tribulations

    #real #education #envy #snobberyinmotion (I am absolutely taking the piss - cheers to you as well!)
  2. Mlle. Zabzie

    US Politics: Show Trials & Tribulations

    @DMC: 1. Actually, I think the "we are above political parties" was probably simply rhetoric, and they knew that at the time. 2. I might even argue that Jefferson's prediction is actually sort of correct - we HAVE had a "revolution" of some sort periodically in our governmental system not every generation (what is that, really), but every 80 years or so. 3. Agree that MANY of the non-Hamilton framers would not recognize our system and be horrified. 4. Here's a secret of drafting contracts. Where the parties can agree on broad principles, but can't agree on specifics, draft the broad principle and fight about the specifics later. Keeps litigators busy and gets deals done. That's basically Art. II. Actually kind of describes me as well....
  3. Mlle. Zabzie

    US Politics: Show Trials & Tribulations

    Two snips: 1. I actually think that the founders GREATLY underestimated the eventual power of the executive branch under the system that they set up. I would FURTHER argue, that they were in fact correct in (most) Civil War periods (maybe Andrew Jackson and the fact that political parties quickly became a thing, aside) in how they thought it would all work out. I think for these inquiries it is almost better to look at the post-civil war post 14th Amendment world, and maybe even further the post-New Deal world. But I'm probably overthinking this 2. I feel very included. I will claim the Scot, Mudgard, Ormond interval of rational, but doomed, thought. Phew. Thought I was losing my edge. I try not to lean. It's not ladylike. I stand upright with a platinum rod through my spine (or up my a$$, take your pick), thank you very much.
  4. Mlle. Zabzie

    US Politics: Show Trials & Tribulations

    Oh lord no. Also, am I considered a left-leaning voter here? Inquiring minds and all that?
  5. Mlle. Zabzie

    US Politics: Mail and Managers for Mitch

    Right exactly. Weighing in late here, but one cannot both say that "words have meaning" when you like the result and "words have whatever meaning is expedient" when you don't like the result (btw, originalists do this all.the.time., so it's both sides woo hoo). For a legal right or obligation to have meaning you need to have a consistent understanding of that right or obligation (which is why stare decisis is a thing). Canons of statutory construction, including looking at legislative history to resolve ambiguities, exist for a reason.
  6. Mlle. Zabzie

    Authors Behaving Like A**holes

    Thanks! Great write-up. The history of the organization and the whole thing is really, really interesting. I think the other thing that people are overlooking here is that Milan herself is a formidable force. She has a chemistry degree. She was a Supreme Court Clerk for not one, but TWO (conservative!) Judges, FFS. She's also one of the people that called out Judge Kozinski (formerly a liberal darling of the 9th circuit, who had a bad habit of harassing his female clerks, including Milan). I started reading her novels a long time ago because they are well-written (duh) and I liked the legal angle, and so sort of have been following her for a while.
  7. Mlle. Zabzie

    Authors Behaving Like A**holes

    It is exactly this. If you go down the rabbithole I went down that ended (more pleasantly) somehow in cat-videos (frankly most of my time on the internet ends with cats, or maybe Cats these days*), you will find that there are deep similarities and connections to depressed baby canines. *Which is why the internet isn't entirely a mistake.
  8. Mlle. Zabzie

    Authors Behaving Like A**holes

    I almost started a separate thread on this, and even started typing out the facts and links and then, well, it was getting REALLY LONG, and then I went down a Wikipedia and then twitter rabbithole, and when I pulled myself back out, I'd somehow ended up watching cat videos (but learned way more about RWA than I ever thought I would) and bought a new Courtney Milan novel. But yeah, the whole thing is a total mess. Think the whole edifice will come down. But also, Chuck Tingle is a God.
  9. Mlle. Zabzie

    US Politics: Mail and Managers for Mitch

    HI! I'm one of those moderates! Sanders is REALLY hard for me. (1) I really dislike him on a personal level. Viscerally. I guess he's better than the Orange One, but that's because he's the devil I DON'T know! (2) I disagree with him on many, many, many, things and think he is just the left's answer to demagoguery. I don't like demagogues as a principled matter. Note that I would enthusiastically vote for Warren (despite disagreeing with her on basically all the same things). She doesn't inspire the same reaction. Would I pull the lever for Sanders if it came to it? I honestly don't know. I'm not an historic Democrat. I'm a never-Trumper and non-Republican. That's a difference. I will NOT vote for Trump, but Sanders? I dunno. Easier for me to be ambivalent sitting in NY. Would be a totally different calculus if I lived, e.g., in Virginia.
  10. Mlle. Zabzie

    US Politics: Mail and Managers for Mitch

    With the secondary tag line "He won't fix anything, but at least he won't f*ck up anything else too badly"
  11. Mlle. Zabzie

    US Politics: Mail and Managers for Mitch

    I would for Biden, but my heart wouldn't be in it. Although I agree with her FAR LESS on almost everything, I think I could also be convincing about Warren (I think because I admire her intellect and her consistency). Sanders, not so much. I don't think I can do it.
  12. Mlle. Zabzie

    US Politics: Mail and Managers for Mitch

    I hear that. Though I thought he was a good (though imperfect) mayor despite some of the criticisms, I am more energized by the younger candidates, and think he probably lacks broad appeal. Thus, "team Amy" here, but agree that her path is VERY narrow.
  13. Mlle. Zabzie

    US Politics: Mail and Managers for Mitch

    Which, ironically, will make people like me like Warren more. For context: I detest Bernie - if he gets the nod will be the hardest lever I ever pull (and I would consider third party on the theory that NY is pretty safe to go Dem). I think Biden is a hack buffoon, but would unenthusiastically vote. I'm a natural Bloomberg/Klobuchar voter (agreed with them 15/20 times, which is pretty impressive, on the WaPo quiz; Biden was 14/20, but that's basically overlap with the other two). I only agreed with Warren 6/20 times and Sanders 5/20 times.
  14. Mlle. Zabzie

    US Politics: Mail and Managers for Mitch

    Booker is out.
  15. See I'm not sure the evangelicals in question would agree that he is the antithesis of their faith...
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