Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer agreed to a deal last week to confirm 15 federal judges nominated by Prznint Stupid in exchange for allowing Senate Democrats to go home and campaign, instead of just letting them miss the damn votes while Democrats not up for re-election could stay in Washington. Charlie Pierce wrote about it last week, even suggesting it was time for ol’ Chuck to get his cheese sandwich and roadmap.
“In short, Schumer could have let his endangered incumbents go home to campaign and still thrown sand in the gears by employing senators who are not up for re-election until 2020. This could have been done. Does anyone with the brains of a turnip not believe that, were the roles reversed, it would have been done? McConnell would have done this to Schumer, and without blinking an eye.”
Guess what happened: the Republicans eff’ed us all again.
The NYTimes tells us:
“Republicans on the Judiciary Committee convened yet another hearing to consider still more conservative federal court nominees — while the Senate was technically in recess. Incensed Democrats boycotted the proceedings, but their empty chairs did not prevent candidates for the bench, such as Allison Rushing, 36, a social conservative nominated by President Trump to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, from taking a crucial step toward confirmation…
“…Ms. Rushing is drawing protests from liberal advocacy groups who say her résumé is too thin for an appeals court nominee. She clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas and Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, before he became a Supreme Court justice, but is only 11 years out of law school and has never been a judge. If confirmed, she would become the youngest nominee to take the federal bench in more than 15 years.
If there’s anything that the confirmation of the Virgin Mayor of Keg City Brett Kavanaugh should have taught the Dims, it’s that the Republicans are willing to destroy everything in their quest for power, including the legitimacy of the Supreme Court, and for eff’s sake, the laughable fig leaf known comity of the Senate.
Look, this is the parable of the scorpion and the frog writ large on the national stage. Pierce is absolutely right: no matter what happens in the 2018 Pie Fight, Chuck Schumer has to be removed from being the Dim’s Leader.