A bonus Friday bit, this time on today’s expected Supreme Court vote. Excerpt:
Democrats escalated their attacks against Judge Neil Gorsuch ahead of key votes set for Thursday, portraying him as an ally of the powerful and an enemy of the weak. Republicans defended him, accusing Democrats of trying to block Gorsuch out of frustration over Trump’s election victory.
“Democrats would filibuster Ruth Bader Ginsburg if President Donald Trump nominated her,” said Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., naming one of the more liberal sitting justices. “There is simply no principled reason to oppose this exceptional, exceptional Supreme Court nominee.”
Democrats begged to differ, returning again and again to McConnell’s decision last year to deny consideration to then-President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, who was ignored for nearly a year by Senate Republicans after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
Instead McConnell kept Scalia’s seat open, a calculation that is now paying off hugely for Republicans and Trump, who will be able to claim the biggest victory of his presidency to date if Gorsuch is confirmed as expected.
Proving once again that politics is a filthy business and the only way to win is to play rough, McConnell and Congressional Republicans have in both the Garland and Gorsuch nominations done precisely what Republican voters would want them to do; and Democrats, were the roles reversed, would have done precisely the same thing. The main difference between the two nominees is that were Garland on the Court, he would have tipped the balance of the Court to the left; Gorsuch will leave it where it was before Scalia passed.
Of course, none of that really matters; it is the filthy business of politics as usual that is beind all this. Both sides know it, and both sides engage in it. But it would be nice if Schumer and Company would drop all the hypocritical bleating. Elections have consequences, Chuckie; you guys lost.