Trump plans to name his Supreme Court nominee Tuesday night. There is only one response that can be acceptable from any Democrat in the Senate:
No. Hell no.
Mitch McConnell broke the system last year. Any sense that Gosh well, the Senate’s just gotta keep doing its business, or appeals to “comity”, all the old-fashioned stuff that used to make the sausage … Dead, gone, buried. It’s out. It was frayed by 2016, but McConnell drove the last stake into it by refusing to act on the Senate’s constitutional duties to advise and consent on Merrick Garland.
There is no legitimacy to this stolen Supreme Court seat. None.
Democrats should filibuster anyone who’s not named Merrick Garland. And we should primary any Dem who’s willing to lie down for Trump.
Throughout the Obama years, at the insistence of the right-wing media hysteria machine, McConnell threw out Congressional function and compromise, in favor of a game of sheer power. The Democrats did not wish this, but they can play at this too. The filibuster still exists; if the Republicans kill it, there’s no difference for the immediate matter of who has the Supreme Court for a generation.
Based on the sheer nuttiness and wild dangerousness of this administration, neither should the Dems should vote for any of Trump’s nominees. One could make a case that Mattis and John Kelly were necessary confirms to keep sane people in the Trump inner circle. Pruitt, Puzder, DeVos, (edit: how could I forget Jim Crow ghoul and vote-suppressing Grand Inquisitor) and Sessions are clearly malevolent choices, people opposed to the very mission of the agencies. Carson is simply a random, unqualified choice for HUD. Mnuchin is a crook. And so on. No, no, no, and no.
Harry Reid’s former chief of staff Adam Jentleson has laid out the ways that Senate Democrats can throw sand in the gears of the Trump/GOP machine. For America’s sake and for their own, I hope they follow his advice.