GOP Gears Up To Block Any Clinton SCOTUS Nominee, Eric Holder Slams Comey ‘Error,’ And Florida Man Votes

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October 31st, 2016

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The GOP Is Gearing Up To Block ANY Clinton Nominee To The Supreme Court

The Gist: Conservatives are already strategizing on how to block any future Supreme Court nominee from moving forward during Hillary Clinton’s presidency before the election even happens.

Eric Holder: Comey Must Correct His ‘Serious Error’ Before Election Day

The Gist: Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder condemned FBI Director James Comey’s “vague letter to Congress” in an op-ed.

HRC Pulls Kirk Endorsement Over Comment On Duckworth’s Heritage

The Gist: The Human Rights Campaign withdrew its endorsement of Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) after he mocked the mixed race heritage of opponent Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) during a debate.

From The Reporter’s Notebook

TPM’s Esme Cribb reported that Terri Lynn Rote, a resident of Des Moines, Iowa, was arrested Thursday after casting two ballots in the general election. Rote cast one early voting ballot at the Polk County Election Office and another at a county satellite voting location in Des Moines, according to a police report. In an interview with Iowa Public Radio, Rote said that it was a “spur of the moment” decision, and that she was afraid her first vote for Trump would be changed to one for Hillary Clinton. “The polls are rigged,” Rote told Iowa Public Radio.

Agree or Disagree?

Josh Marshall: “Everything we’ve learned over the last 48 hours-plus suggests Comey had no basis to believe there was significant new evidence, indeed no clear reason to think there was anything new at all. At best, Comey combined extremely poor judgment with a decision to place a near absolute priority on protecting himself from criticism over carrying out his professional and ethical obligations. It is quite telling that even at this late stage of the election, when partisan tempers are naturally running at their fiercest, former career DOJ lawyers, former high level DOJ appointees and legal experts on both sides of the aisle are lining up to say this was not only an extremely poor decision but may even have violated the law.”

Say What?!

“That man’s conduct was deplorable.”

– Trump’s campaign manager allowed that a man who screamed “Jew-S-A” at a Saturday rally in Phoenix, Arizona was “deplorable.”

BUZZING: Today in the Hive

From a TPM Prime member: “I think Josh is right about what Comey was worried about, he is remarkably thin-skinned. He’s generally been considered ‘above politics’, and his ears were burning about the GOP’s criticism. Frankly, that is a reason for him to go, as Harry Truman so brilliantly put it, ‘If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen.’ Basically, he put his thin skin ahead of Department policies. Asking for him to resign won’t work, but putting pressure on him and criticizing him on both procedure (violating policy) and content (stupidly worded letter) is the best approach. If he’s thin skinned, the Dems should put on as much heat as possible to make him squirm.”

Related: Senior officials at the Department of Justice reportedly warned FBI Director James Comey ahead of time that his Friday announcement was not consistent with department policy.

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What We’re Reading

Inside the final days of Trump’s campaign. (New York Magazine)

Florida man picks a candidate for president. (Tampa Bay Times)