The Democrats are enraged that President Trump is picking a replacement for Ruth Bader Ginsburg. They hate the new pick — who hasn’t yet been announced. That’s proof that there is no rationality behind this. It’s just blind, directionless hatred. President Trump could pick Bernie Sanders as the new Justice and they’d still be mad.
They’ve tipped their hand by being outraged before there’s an actual target for the rage. Their transparency is disgusting. Despite all of that, they have vowed to stop President Trump from making his selection.
The real question is do they have the power to stop President Trump and the Republicans from nominating and confirming a new Supreme Court Justice?
Technically speaking, there is no direct, legal action available to the Democrats to stop this. President Trump has the constitutional right to make the nomination. Better put, it’s his duty and obligation.
Furthermore, he has enough Republican Senators on board with approving his nomination. So, unless the President nominates a complete wild car (it will most likely be Amy Coney Barrett, who is a great choice), the nomination will move forward with a hearing and eventually a vote to confirm or deny. It’s basically a done deal, because after key anti-Trump Senator Mitt Romney came out in support of Trump nominating and filling the Supreme Court seat, Republicans have enough votes to fill the seat. There are no existing establishment methods for the Democrats to oppose President Trump this time. Of course, that won’t stop them from throwing every Hail Mary left in the playbook.
Their first (and most insane) plan is to impeach President Trump and/or other members of the government. The idea is that the House can force through a sham impeachment and obligate the Senate to conduct a trial. It’s a stall tactic, and proof that they don’t value impeachment as anything more than a political tool.
The problem with this plan is that impeachment won’t necessarily take long enough to be a good stall tactic. Mitch McConnell can dictate the order the Senate tackles obligations and get through both the sham impeachment and confirming the new Justice in time for the election.
Their next threat is that they will pack the Supreme Court with more Justices. Ultimately, Congress decides how many judges are on the bench through legislation. Of course, this is not an immediate threat. To carry it out, the Democrats would need to retain the House, get a majority in the Senate and get the presidency (or a supermajority in the Senate). All of this would be pretty hard to do in the 2020 elections, but if we screw up in future elections and let them do this, then they’ll likely follow through on this threat. We also might deserve what happens if we’re stupid enough to put the radicals in charge of our country.
No matter which route Democrats take this week, they are promising more destructive action direct from their playbook. They’ve said they’ll riot in the streets and burn down cities if we don’t give them what they want. Considering this is violence for a specifically political aim — and an illegal one at that — there’s a specific word to describe this plan: terrorism. President Trump will have the legal authority to declare such riots as terrorism and drop the hammer as hard as possible. This would be the worst mistake the Democrats could make, so assume that they’ll do it.
A couple of other ideas have been floated. One is granting statehood to D.C. and Puerto Rico. That’s extremely difficult. There’s a reason the last new state was added to the union in the 1950s. The Democrats have also threatened to end all Senate filibusters. This isn’t much of a threat because it has basically already been done. It’s why they can’t stop President Trump’s SCOTUS appointment. It also assumes they’ll have control over the Senate, and it’s our responsibility to prevent that from happening. Vote like your life depends on it on November 3rd, because this year it really does.