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I admire your insightful and informed legal/political assessments more than anyone, Asha..

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Feb 10Liked by Asha Rangappa

Asha, I like your leaving-us-on-the-sinking-Titanic metaphor regarding the SCOTUS. So disappointed about that situation. But let

me say: you are always insightful and interesting to listen to.

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Feb 10Liked by Asha Rangappa

Love your newsletter /guests /formats, like “wine” get together even though I don’t drink wine because of sulfite allergy.

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Hope you’ll get to the beach too!

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Feb 11·edited Feb 11Liked by Asha Rangappa

Having read and listened to a good number of discussions in anticipation of this hearing, I was (naively) astonished how orthogonal the oral arguments were to them. It was like the deeper underlying issues - like, say, whether Trump is or is not disqualified for the presidency - weren't even there; Their Loftinesses were content to just meander around various procedural and technical arcana.

In particular I'm still baffled by the notion that it would be up to Congress to activate this provision. It seems like the legislative would be the last of the three branches to have the responsibility to enforce the Constitution. Maybe someone can explain where this "enabling legislation" notion comes from....

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In the recent SCOTUS Colorado case I was very surprised that the justices so quickly brought up the possible need for a role for Congress. I was expecting the judge for Colorado to aggressively and persistently drive home the point that Amendment 14 identifies no role at all for Congress.... and as such ownership should clearly be with the states. In your podcast Mr Mariotti emphasized the need for attorneys in front of SCOTUS to "pivot" (my words) and look for strong rebuttals to the Justices questions. I agree that this would be required.... ya gotta respond to the questions from the Justices. But it also seems like a relentless "pivot" back to their strongest point...the actual text of 14A.... would have helped their case or at least publicly underscored the lack of adherence to textualism. Or perhaps just pissed the Justices off I guess....

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Feb 10Liked by Asha Rangappa

I just upgraded to a 🍷 and 🍟 member. It's just too much to see all of your guests and not be able to attend... Lol. Enjoy your conference. I think it's finally a Sunny day in Miami. Love StacyO 💕

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Any video of the Luttig-Isgur-Rangappa panel anywhere?

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I’m so glad to see you re scheduled George Conway and Nina Jancowicz as I was kicking myself thinking I had missed both. I wouldn’t mind if you recorded the fries and wine talks just in case I miss one I can play it the next day, no pressure, just a thought. It’s great you’re in Miami this weekend!! And on a panel with Judge Luttig!! You truly rock!! He’s an interesting personality to me. I watched and re watched the two hour pbs Frontline video when he first came out warning all Americans that trump should not be anywhere near the White House in 2024 let alone IN IT. Calling a trump win a clear & present danger. I totally respect the man especially seeing how far (metaphorically) he had to travel. And hearing him think and respond to all the questions was insightful. Though we would likely disagree on many things, he on the Conservative perspective, me more moderate on most subjects, I came away from the Frontline video respecting him and appreciating the depth of his thinking. I wish to God that American voters think hard before casting a vote for trump. His numbers continue to grow and Biden coming out to express his anger at his special prosecutor Hur report was not helpful to his campaign. Yet here we are. Wishing you safe travel Asha. You’re a National Treasure and I’m delighted to hear you see you anything. I’ll take what I can get. Your mind is top notch. Keep it coming please.

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Its humorous and pathetic that team trump argues for immunity for the executive to insure a better way to improve the job of the office , even as the real motive is to get away with the crimes he has committed..what a low life form he is.

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"SCOTUS decides to save itself and leave the rest of us on a sinking ship."

In other words, it gives the appearance of being complacent and complicit?

The irony is, didn't scotus refuse to hear a case/s regarding district gerrymandering a few years ago..

I have no idea whether the constitutionality of state laws allowing elected officials the right to overturn election results has been reviewed or not.

Namaste, Asha.

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