So yesterday, I pointed out that it was a really dumb idea for Chuck Schumer and his band of Senate Democrats to insist on delaying the SCOTUS confirmation until after the Midterms.
And there’s reason to think it’s a dumb idea.
Odds are the Republican majority will only increase after the Midterms. So waiting doesn’t seem to benefit Chuck Schumer at all.
And last night a commenter at the PatriotRetort.com Facebook page pointed out that she didn’t think the confirmation was a sure thing as it stands now. After all, she wisely pointed out, Republicans only have 51 votes. And one of those votes is the Democrat John McCain who is home convalescing.
And as I was replying to her very valid point, I stumbled quite accidentally over the reason why Chuck Schumer wants to hold this confirmation until after November.
True. We can’t count on McCain. And really, Susan Collins and Jeff Flake aren’t particularly solid either. After all, they’re pretty much Democrats.
But because Heidi Heitkamp, Joe Manchin, and Claire McCaskill are facing a tough race to maintain their seats, they are probably going to be under a great deal of pressure from their voters to confirm Trump’s pick.
In some ways, the same holds true for Doug Jones of Alabama.
This is only a partial term for him. And I’m sure he’d really like to get reelected to a full 6-year term in 2020. So he too will probably be under a great deal of pressure to abandon the Chuck Schumer obstruction caucus and confirm the nominee.
That means there is a strong possibility that four Democrats will vote with the 50 Republicans. Meaning, if Flake flakes and Collins pulls her usual crap, there will still be over 51 votes to confirm.
But if the confirmation was delayed until after November 6, then the pressure is off them.
Look at it this way. Even if Manchin, McCaskill, and Heitkamp lose their elections, they will no longer have to worry about facing the anger of the voters in November because the election is over. So they’d be free to lock step with Schumer and vote against Trump’s nominee.
That would mean Trump would have to choose a new nominee and the whole process start again after January when the new Congress is sworn in.
Thereby delivering the Democrats a temporary, yet still powerful win against President Trump.
Now, I’m not saying definitively that this is Schumer’s plan.
But it certainly seems like just the kind of slime ball thing he would do.
He wants the entire Democrat caucus in the Senate to vote as one bloc.
And so long as McCaskill, Heitkamp, Manchin – and even Baldwin and Tester – are having to face angry voters, he knows the Democrats obstructionist wall will not hold.
One of the things that makes this theory plausible is that in all the talk about delaying until after the Midterms, not one Democrat is calling for the confirmation to take place after January.
No. They’re just calling to delay until after November’s election.
Well, after November 6, the same exact Senate would be voting to confirm.
That means the only difference is any Democrat who loses his or her race is no longer under any obligation to listen to the voters.
In other words, all the hue and cry about giving the voters a chance to speak is BS. The plan is quite the opposite — to enable endangered Democrat Senators to ignore the voice of the voters.
Honestly, I’m surprised I didn’t think of this earlier.
It’s conjecture to be sure.
But when you put it all together, it all adds up.
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