Curious if anyone thinks that Jill Stein or Gary Johnson will be a spoiler candidate in any state? Neither has a chance of winning nationally, but would be interesting if votes for them end up deciding if HC or DT win a state.
I think it's highly unlikely. Neither of them have the same degree of visibility that Perot or Nader had.
What will be interesting will be the down ballot votes, getting majority will mean that some ACTUAL fucking changes might happen for the Demos. If it's a red house and blue president, welcome to 4 years of literally nothing happening.
Sadly, I think it's going to be more of the same. I'm bracing myself for 4 more years of Republican obstructionism, since the new mantra seems to be, "If we can't have it our way, then nobody gets anything." Apparently uncompromising assholes is what the American people want in their politicians, because that's who we keep electing.
They're even implying they'll keep stonewalling her Supreme Court nominees despite that being the very definition of unconstitutional.
I heard the same rumblings a month or two ago. They'll cite a bunch of excuses about how it's their constitutional duty to unconditionally stonewall any Supreme Court nominees that they don't like. It won't matter what the person's actual record is -- as long as the nominee has Obama or Clinton associated with them and the nominee doesn't come with Reince Preibus' personal seal of approval, you can bet that the nominee will get shot down. This will happen despite the comments of the few sane Republicans who agree that their responsibility is to see the job filled, not to hold out indefinitely for a Republican President.
I think we should have a Constitutional Amendment that puts a time limit on how long a Supreme Court seat is allowed to remain vacant. From the date of the vacancy, we have 1 year to fill the spot. The President is required to nominate at least one person and as many as 3 within, say 3-6 months of the vacancy. Nominees can be simultaneous (first, second, third choice) or nominated sequentially. Congress has 6 months from the date of nomination to confirm or deny. If the President fails to put forward his required nominees within the time limit, then Congress chooses the appointee. If Congress fails to confirm a candidate within the required time limit, then Congress forfeits their right to confirm and the President chooses the appointee -- who need not be one of the nominee he's put forward previously or could even be a nominee previously shot down. Congress is not required to confirm one of the President's 3 nominees -- they could shoot down as many choices as they want -- but they are required to confirm SOMEBODY within 1 year of the vacancy.