There are new political rules created by Republicans over how U.S. Supreme Court nominees get their seats, and those rules dictate that every single Democrat in the Senate vote against the nomination of Neil Gorsuch, a right-wing extremist in what the media is calling the mold of the late Antonin Scalia.
— Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) February 1, 2017
Now is not a time for Democratic appeasement. If another deeply conservative judge joins the Supreme Court, then much falls into jeopardy, from Roe v. Wade to same-sex marriage to racial equality. Every act taken by Trump and his surrogates will be sanctioned by the nation’s highest court.
In essence, if Gorsuch makes it onto the court, Trump will conceivably own all three branches of government, and, believe me, I use the word “own” quite intentionally.
This is absolute: If any Democratic U.S. Senator so much as even considers voting for this radical judge nominated by an unhinged, authoritarian and lying president, then they need to face protests and then a vote out of office when the time comes if we still have a real vote at that time.
The nominee needs 60 votes to get his position. There are 52 Republican, 46 Democratic and two independent Senators. Obviously, the Republicans can change the 60-vote rule because of their majority, but that doesn’t mean Democrats shouldn’t stand up for the sake of their country.
Republicans stalled the appointment of Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland for ten months, as you recall, and Democrats should do whatever they can to play the same game. Garland didn’t even get a hearing or a vote. The Republican argument was that we should all wait until a new president was elected until the Garland nomination could proceed or not.
Given the fact that Trump lost the popular vote in the recent election by nearly 3 million votes, his autocratic behavior, the allegations the Russians interfered in our election process and the FBI’s role in releasing information about Hillary Clinton that hurt her politically in the waning days of her campaign, I suggest Democrats argue we should all just wait at least until the mid-term elections in 2018 to decide on the next Supreme Court Justice.
We live under an archaic political system in which a state such as Wyoming, with its 580,000 population, gets the same representation of two U.S. Senators as does the state of California, with its population of 38 million. This, along with the electoral college, is part of an illegitimate and, frankly, crazy system that has led to the rise of Trump, the alt-right and what is beginning to seem like a neofacist state.
Democratic U.S. Senators need to show the party faithful that they and we can stand together in these entirely not normal times. This isn’t getting back at the Republicans for their obstructionism. This is about saving Democracy.