Seating An Asterisk


Neil Gorsuch will be confirmed to the Supreme Court Monday and for his entire career he’ll be the one justice out of nine with a huge asterisk on his robe.

The seat shouldn’t belong to him. The appointment didn’t belong to Donald Trump. Donald Trump should be making decisions on who’s fired for pretend jobs on a reality show. Not appointing heartless corporate shills to the Supreme Court.

President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court to fill the vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. It probably would have been business as usual if Obama was filling a vacancy created by a liberal justice. But since he was filling a seat vacated by a staunch conservative, Republicans in the Senate freaked out.

The Republicans, using their majority in the Senate, refused to hold a hearing for Garland. They cried that the appointment belonged to the next president, ignoring the fact that presidents serve four-year terms, not three. Some Republicans even stated that if Hillary Clinton wins the election that they’d hold the seat open indefinitely.

The GOP’s gamble paid off and their candidate won the election. Garland was scuttled and entered Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s nominee. A Supreme Court justice traditionally needs at least 60 votes to gain confirmation but with the Democrats filibustering, the Republicans changed the rules. Gorsuch got in on 54 votes.

Gorsuch will probably spend at least 30 years on the court and his entire tenure will be marked as a justice who not only shouldn’t be there, but couldn’t even measure up to gain the seat by the same standards as his colleagues.

Creative Notes: This wasn’t my original idea. As you can see from below, I was working on another version when I got the asterisk idea. I liked the asterisk better. So I stopped where you see here and moved forward with the new idea, at 3:00 AM.


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Whose Squat To Pop?


On Tuesday Donald Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by the death of Antonin Scalia. In doing so the Republican party effectively stole a Supreme Court appointment from President Obama and the Democrats.

The GOP gambled in not allowing Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland a hearing for the seat. Their argument was that it was a seat to be filled by the next president. Their actual argument was that it was for the next Republican president and Ted Cruz even said it should remain unfilled if Hillary Clinton wins the election.

Presidents serve four year terms. Not three. They still execute the powers and responsibilities of the office, even during the last year of their term. Apparently the United States senate does not.

Republicans also argued that Obama was a lame duck president. He was not. The lame duck stage is between the election and inauguration day. Not a year before the election.

The GOP gambled and they won. They played partisan politics with a Supreme Court nomination. They neglected their duty and responsibility. Now they’re crying that Trump’s nominee shouldn’t be held up in political purgatory, even though they did the same thing and without a good reason.

Trump promised a staunch conservative to fill the seat. He also promised to unite the nation and be a president for everyone, even those who didn’t vote for him. If he actually wanted to fulfill that pledge who would have nominated Merrick Garland. At least then he’d finally get a hearing, less enough a vote.

Republicans are the party of “no.” Even when it comes to hearing.

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