Let’s see if Donald Trump impacted the Republicans as much as we hope. Because the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg provides a great opportunity for The Party that Freed the Slaves.
Yes, Republicansq have an opportunity to show some chutzpah again.
Recall during Obama’s second term America lost Justice Antonin Scalia. Because the Republicans held the Senate, they slow-walked the vote for a replacement SCOTUS judge, allowing the new president to make that pick.
Democrats pretended to be outraged at the time. How dare they not allow a vote on Merrick, Obama’s choice to replace Scalia. However, secretly Democrats didn’t give a sh*t about the Republicans’ strategy. Because they figured Hillary Clinton would be large and in charge after her imminent victory in 2016.
Sadly for them, Trump won, and appointed a solid conservative judge in Neil Gorsuch.
Republicans find themselves in similar territory in 2020. They still control the Senate. And another justice has died. However, the difference is Obama is no longer president; Trump is. Thus, “To the victor goes the spoils”, Bitches!
So now McConnell gets the opportunity to do exactly the opposite of what he did in 2016.
Leftists call McConnell a hypocrite. I agree, but he’s OUR hypocrite. And if McConnell has learned anything from Trump, he will proudly do his job and burn the Democrats in the process.
MSNBC reported on the “fierce battle” ahead:
“President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate,” McConnell proclaimed on Friday night, without providing a time frame for action by the Senate.
That confirmed McConnell’s prior insistence that he would do so in an election year, despite blocking President Barack Obama’s efforts to nominate a successor to Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016, 10 months before that year’s presidential election.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer urged McConnell to await the results of the elections that are less than two months from now. He quoted McConnell’s 2016 words on Twitter, saying “The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.”
I know, I know. “But what about when the Democrats control the Senate? They can do it to us!”
And they WILL! That’s the POINT!
Does anybody believe if the Democrats held the Senate in 2016 they would not have forced a vote on Merrick? Of course they would have, and I wouldn’t have blamed them. They win, thus America loses.
So now the script flips, and Conservatives get our turn to play hard ball. No more “high road” bullsh*t, as America needs Republicans with steel balls. Moreover, we need Republicans willing to put those balls in pillow cases and beat the crap out of Democrats. Because what we do benefits the country.
Frankly, the point will be moot when Trump wins again. But the Democrats will try to use this as a political ploy against the Trump campaign.
I warn Democrats in advance; that tactic won’t work. The more they claim that Trump could lose, the more they validate the reason to call the vote. Their choices are to allow the public to believe Trump is losing or let them know that he is winning. Either way the point of a vote is moot.
Expect lots of focus group testing by Democrats. Further, they will launch a massive media campaign against McConnell, the Republicans, Trump, and all the SCOTUS choices Trump listed recently.
Nothing will work, if McConnell holds firm. Trump will convince them that holding firm on a vote is the right decision; a Trumpian decision.
Presidents have few chances at legacies, but SCOTUS choices are high among them. And Trump knows what the shape of the court would mean with three Conservative justices appointed by him.
Trump has already reshaped the Federal and District courts. The impact of his choices have already been felt in massive ways.
The Daily Signal reported on Trump’s judicial appointments back in 2019:
President Donald Trump’s two Supreme Court picks, Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, may be his highest-profile judicial nominations, but they are just two of the 157 men and women who have reshaped the federal judiciary.
“One out of every 4 active judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals have been appointed by President Trump,” says Adam Kennedy, deputy assistant to the president and deputy director of communications at the White House, in an interview with The Daily Signal. “And the average age is actually a full 10 years younger for these justices than under President [Barack] Obama.”
Democrats will claim that Republicans are hypocrites. But I prefer to think of them as “politicians”. And now that the shoe is on the other foot, Republicans need to act, period.
Disregard the calls of hypocrite. If being a hypocrite were a standard, there would be no Democrats in politics.
Florida Republican Senator Rick Scott said on Friday: “It would be irresponsible to allow an extended vacancy on the Supreme Court”, in voicing support of a vote.
Sadly for Republicans, we still have the RINO contingent. You can bet that Romney, Murkowski, and Collins all weigh the politics here. Do they side with Trump or with Democrats on this?
With a 53-45 advantage in the Senate, McConnell can lose 3 senators. VP Pence would decide the fate, and Trump gets his third justice.
Regardless, the point will eventually be moot. Because as I said earlier, Trump will win. It is Trump’s profound destiny to serve 2 terms as president. He’s more than earned it.
Trump’s third SCOTUS appointee would make the theoretical balance of the court 6-3. That appointment will drive a stake through the heart of Leftism. But consider that he will have 4 more years to undo much more. Don’t be surprised if the SCOTUS court ends up 7-2 after Trump is done.
Republicans, stay nasty!