So I get to see Chuck Shumer talking about how the Supreme Court is too important not to have bipartisan support. Gee…like the overhaul of our medical system (ie, 18% of our economy)? I also remember how Democrats raged at Republicans being “obstructionists.” I remember Obama constantly trashing Fox News and talk radio. I see them foaming at the mouths because they can’t filibuster the cabinet seats (thank Harry Reid) and railing about using the nuclear option for the Supreme Court. Hey…guys…MAD. Mutually Assured Destruction. That is the deterrent from using nukes. Maybe you should have contemplated MAD when you invoked something EVEN YOU called “the nuclear option.” Once someone pulls a nuke, the other is going to pull a nuke. It’s WHY YOU DON’T PULL A NUKE!!!!! Please write this down. If you have trouble understanding it, I want you to read and re-read that over and over so that you might understand.
That being said, Republicans are being a little hypocritical at this juncture. While the Democrats have taking “obstruction” to the point of absolute lunacy (and it’s backfiring as they look more and more foolish…learn to pick your battles, seriously), Republicans demanding a straight up and down vote on the Supreme Court nominee is laughable. While they did follow prior tradition of not approving a nominee in an election year, it is very clear that they exercised their discretion and their power to do so. If the Democrats were in charge of the Senate, they could have confirmed someone virtually overnight. The reason for this is because the Democrats are unable to come up with a platform that the vast swath of States can get behind (otherwise, they would AMEND THE CONSTITUTION). Instead, they rely on activist judges to do their bidding. Why pass laws and take the heat? Why go to all the trouble of actually AMENDING THE CONSTITUTION when you can have the Supreme Court just tell us that the Constitution suddenly changed! The Senate never has to approve a new judge. It’s part of the checks and balances system. ”But that undermines the Supreme Court! We need nine justices!” No, we don’t. We started out only having six (an even number). Not having an odd number means nothing. All it means is you might have a tie (which happens from time to time even with an odd number). In this case, the lower court’s ruling stands. If the people don’t like it, they will vote their Senator out and replace him. Example: You have Democratic President and a Republican Senate. The people believe that if a Democrat places a justice on the Supreme Court they will undo the 2nd Amendment. As such, they continually put in Republican Senators that never appoint the Democratic appointee. Is it distasteful? Possibly, but you do see how this becomes a check and balance. It is possible that a party may obtain an electoral majority while possibly having vast opposition from the majority of states.
So do I want the Republicans to enact the nuclear option?
No. First, I’d like to go back to having NO CLOTURE. As mentioned above, pulling nukes lead to more nukes. This is super early in Trump’s Presidency. There are 38 Democrats. The longest filibuster was 24 hours and 18 minutes set by Strom Thurman. Say what you will…he was old school. I doubt any of these whimps could last more than 20 hours. So that means that the absolute longest they could hold out would be 38 days. So, let’s do this. ”Okay, filibuster. While you are talking, we will be reading the laws that the House has been passing while you blather on and on.” Pay them no attention. At the end of the day, take the CSPAN footage and just put together a compilation of every stupid thing they say. Make it a YouTube sensation. Mash it up with video clips (etc) a la Water’s World. Just absolutely mock the shit out of them. Meanwhile, they are making themselves look dumber and dumber with each passing day. I doubt it lasts more then ten days.
That is what they should do go ahead and start the hearings, and let’s go.
Long Live the Constitution!