Last night, President Trump (ugh…just vomited on my keyboard typing that), announced his new SCOTUS nominee. You know, the one he shouldn’t have, and wouldn’t have, had the Republicans not stolen it from under Obama.
So the question now is, what should the Democrats do? Much as I hate the tit-for-tat idea, and much as I don’t like the precedent it sets, I’m coming around to the idea of blocking everything, and becoming the party of no.
At the very least, even if the Democrats don’t block everything, they should fight tooth and nail to block the SCOTUS nominee until Merrick Garland is nominated and approved as he should have been. Yes, this will mean, in a practical sense, an eight person court until at least 2021, barring any further deaths or retirements. But the Republicans cannot be allowed to get away with this.
I don’t like the idea of doing this, and I don’t think we should block everything as the Republicans did during Obama’s administration. But, fuck it, we need to fight back, and this is a good way. It might well be the only real way, and even if it fails, at least we can go down fighting the good fight, and at the end of the day, the court still has the same balance as the one that gave us gay marriage and Obamacare.