When Republican Senators Mitt Romney and Lamar Alexander – once again profiles crouching – come together, Republican Senate Chairman Mitch McConnell has the votes to confirm Trump’s nomination to succeed Ruth Bader Ginsberg in the Supreme Court.
Less than two months before a presidential election, Donald Trump elected without a popular majority and a majority in the Republican Senate Representing a minority of Americanswill nominate and confirm a right-wing, pro-business social conservative for a lifelong appointment that will be carefully scrutinized by partisan, ideological groups. Given the planned defeat in the upcoming elections, Trump and Republican activists are organizing more than just that Create chaos around the election; You are keen to fill the Supreme Court with another right-wing activist associated with views that conflict with majority opinion.
There is no shame. The apparent hypocrisy of endorsing a judge so close to the election after Republicans blocked Obama’s candidates months before the last election doesn’t matter. Her self-righteous lectures on how the American people should have a voice were just mush. Appeals to good faith or institutional restraint are despised.
There can be no illusions. This is who they are. A minority party based in small, predominantly white states and in the south, which advocates a failed ideology and pledges to do everything to keep power or at least thwart the will of the majority. McConnell demonstrated that everything in his scorched earth was obstructed by Obama during the Obama years. Trump shows this in his brazen efforts to instill racial fears and in his confidence that the country will be divided as a core political strategy.
Democrats and activists have responded to the court’s pack by asking Senate Democrats to use whatever mechanism they can to stop the affirmation and, if they win in November, counter the stolen Supreme Court seats by either calling the court a Elie extend Mystal pleaded for it here or set term limits.
The question is much broader. Democrats – and Joe Biden in particular – must discard any illusions that once Biden has been ousted, Biden says that Republicans will have a “revelation” and will work together in bipartisan efforts to address the crises we are facing.
Do not believe it. If the Democrats win the White House and Senate majority, McConnell and Republicans will reunite in a relentless campaign of obstruction. Given the country plagued by growing crises – the pandemic, catastrophic climate change, extreme inequality, racial injustice, and endless wars – large-scale, courageous and dramatic action is vital. The country cannot afford the McConnell license to hamper progress again.
It is not enough to focus on the dish. The first task after the election is to pass the Senate rules. If Democrats win a majority, they have the power to end the filibuster and undo McConnell’s disability. This decision is made quickly in the democratic caucus, even before the Senate officially meets.
However, despite Republican zeal, Joe Biden remained tied to a naive longing to return to the days of the bipartisan community. In response to efforts to enforce Supreme Court candidate Biden quaint appeals To Republicans to “obey your conscience. … Do your constitutional duty, your conscience, let the people speak.” So-called moderate Republicans Mitt Romney and Lamar Alexander have blown that fantasy.
“It was an old-fashioned appeal to decency,” said Jim Manley, who served in the Senate for 21 years, including six years with former majority leader Harry Reid. “He recognized the bipartisanship out there, but he wanted to cool things down a bit before things got really ugly.”
No, Joe, it’s gotten really ugly. Conservative Democrats like Joe Manchin, Krysten Sinema and Diane Feinstein, as well as the independent Angus King, have said they want to keep the filibuster. It will take energetic leadership from Biden and the Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer to force the issue on.
Speaking to the filibuster in July, Biden told a group of journalists that he “depend on how disobedientRepublicans are. Senator Chris Coons, a close ally of Biden, repeated that he would be ready to abolish the filibuster if the Republicans don’t cooperate.
This suggests that Biden would like to keep the filibuster in place for his first few months or year in office to test the Republicans’ “good faith”. But this good faith has been tested time and time again and has failed every time. How many times do Democrats have to be ambushed before they find their gloves and knives off?
Fortunately, progressive activists have come together to create Fix Our Senate, a War room Pressing unruly Democrats to end the filibuster. Groups like Indivisible, the Communications Workers of America, the Working Family Party, Common Cause and Our Revolution have started organizing. Activists have begun to mobilize opinion in the wavering senatorial states. Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley has spearheaded efforts within the Democratic caucus with strong allies like Elizabeth Warren. Barack Obama weighed in belatedly and called the filibuster a “Jim Crow relicHas been used to hamper progress on civil rights.
Unsurprisingly, Mitch McConnell is warning the Democrats not to eliminate the filibuster as they will undoubtedly be in the minority at some point in the future. However, this is not the usual time for business – or downtime. The crises are too deep, the challenges too great. Democrats cannot allow McConnell and his Republican cohorts to stifle progress again. The time for nostalgia and illusion is over. Now is the time to act.