There is no Value in a Filibuster You Can Never Use
That’s my general reaction to a Politico piece that claims there is a group of Senate Democrats trying to figure out how to ‘negotiate’ with the GOP by giving them Gorsuch in exchange for something or other in the future.
“Democrats weigh deal to let Gorsuch through.”
“Lawmakers are mulling an offer to Republicans that would keep the filibuster intact for the next Supreme Court nominee.”
“A group of Senate Democrats is beginning to explore trying to extract concessions from Republicans in return for allowing Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch to be confirmed, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.”
“The lawmakers worry that Gorsuch could be confirmed whether Democrats try to block him or not — and Democrats would be left with nothing to show for it. That would be a bitter pill after the GOP blocked Merrick Garland for nearly a year.”
I’m confused. What do they have to show for it if they give way on Gorsuch without a whimper? A promise from the GOP that they can use the filibuster later? The GOP won’t make that deal and if they did what would be the worth of it?
Can you really trust Mitch McConnell to stay faithful to some deal he makes with Democrats he doesn’t have to stick to?
The party that stole a SCOTUS pick from Obama and the Democrats is suddenly to be trusted in vague promises for the future?
This is the same GOP who right now has a healthcare bill that takes away the insurance of 24 million Americans but lectures us not to look at that but factor in the other two parts of the plan they’ll get to at some point in the future.
How much do you think these promises by Devin Nunes settle the issue over the indefensible actions he took yesterday?
Nunes says he'll brief ranking member Schiff "at some point" on his findings
— Mark Murray (@mmurraypolitics) March 22, 2017
Gee he’ll get on that ‘at some point.’ Talk about wrong answer? He should brief him ASAP, indeed, he should have briefed him immediately before the media; and Nunes shouldn’t have ever briefed Trump as Trump is the subject of their investigation.
So now the Senate Dems want to confirm Gorsuch on the basis of the GOP agreeing to something for them ‘at some point?’
Please tell me this is satire.
“The deal Democrats would be most likely to pursue, the sources said, would be to allow confirmation of Gorsuch in exchange for a commitment from Republicans not to kill the filibuster for a subsequent vacancy during President Donald Trump’s term. The next high court opening could alter the balance of the court, and some Democrats privately argue that fight will be far more consequential than the current one.”
Sure. We won’t filibuster Gorsuch if you promise not to be mad at us for filibustering Trump’s next nominee.
Again, why can’t this be satire?
“The move would be met by criticism on the left. Josh Orton, a longtime Democratic aide working against Gorsuch, said any attempt to confirm him would “hand Trump’s White House not only its first win, but one of the biggest victories any White House can get.”
“I literally can’t think of a more unstrategic move for a Democratic senator,” said Ilyse Hogue, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America.
Neither can I Ms. Hogue, neither can I.
“But the threat of a rules change that would affect future Supreme Court vacancies is alarming to some centrist Democratic lawmakers.”
“Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia is perhaps the most concerned about the party’s predicament, according to Democrats. He is the only Senate Democrat left in the chamber who opposed the 2013 rules change.”
So the strategy is: protect a filibuster that’s going to stay intact so long as you don’t use it? Yes, the Dems might be marginally better off had they not gutted the filibuster for non SCOTUS judicial nominees. But remember it’s a double edged sword that Mitch McConnell also understands.
If they do away with the filibuster it also means the next Democratic President and Senate won’t have to deal with it either.
Anyway, Manchin and other Democrats contemplating this bad, very bad, no good ‘strategy’ are barking up the wrong tree.
Chuck Schumer gets it. Congressman from California, Ted Lieu, really gets it.
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) March 23, 2017
Amen. Until the cloud of treason over this WH is lifted-one way or the other-no POTUS agenda item goes forward. This should be the position of every Democrat. In this sense, even showing up to these Gorsuch hearings wrongly legitimizes an illegitimate process with a President with dubious legitimacy.
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