I had a really good rant ready. Then the mail room clerk walked in…. (More)
I looked up at her, chittered a greeting, and started rapping away at my Blewberry….
Squirrel@BPI: Did you see what Mitch McConnell said yesterday?!? Here’s the quote:
“Apparently there’s yet a new standard now to not confirm a Supreme Court nominee at all,” McConnell said. “I think that’s something the American people simply will not tolerate and we’ll be looking forward to receiving a Supreme Court nomination and moving forward on it.”
And. She. Shrugged.
I flicked my tail and kept texting….
Squirrel@BPI: But he’s a hypocrite!!! He refused to even consider President Obama’s nominee, but Democrats should roll over and let the God-King-elect pick whoever he wants???
MsCrissie@BPI: If he’s a hypocrite, then we Democrats are hypocrites too. We were furious when Senate Republicans refused to consider President Obama’s nominee, but we cheered yesterday when Minority Leader Schumer said maybe that seat should stay open until there’s a Democrat in the White House.
Squirrel@BPI: But that’s–
MsCrissie@BPI: –different? Really?
Squirrel@BPI: Well yes, because–
MsCrissie@BPI: –because Shumer is one of Us and McConnell is one of Them? Coz really, that’s all this comes down to: tribal reasoning.
Squirrel@BPI: So you think Senate Democrats should get out of the way and let the God-King-elect stack the Court with crazy?
MsCrissie@BPI: No, we think Senate Democrats should use every tool they can muster to delay and obstruct. But we shouldn’t pretend to claim any moral high ground. There are sound public policy reasons to block the God-King-elect’s nominees, if we can, and those policy reasons have moral dimensions. But as to the process issue – that the Senate has some duty to yield to the president – nope. On that issue, we’re just as hypocritical as McConnell and Republicans … and we have every right to be.
Squirrel@BPI: Yes, but–
MsCrissie@BPI: Plus, frankly, voters don’t give a rat’s nugget about process hypocrisy. They expect political leaders to use what power they have to advance their policy agendas, and to try to block it when the other side tries to do the same thing. And well they should. That’s what good political leaders do.
MsCrissie@BPI: So when we argue that Republicans are process hypocrites … we lose. We should ditch that whole line of attack and focus on our policy reasons for blocking the God-King-elect’s nominee. Voters care about that. They don’t care about process maneuvering. Why bother harping on a losing argument?
Squirrel@BPI: I guess you’re right. But I had a really good rant ready.
MsCrissie@BPI: I’m sure you’ll find another reason to rant soon.
She smiled. And. Shrugged.
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Good day and good nuts