Working to win the midterm elections may not be enough…. (More)
In the wake of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement, a whole lot of Twitterati are demanding that Senate Democrats “fight” to “block” Mitch McConnell from confirming whomever the God-King appoints. And sure, I want Senate Democrats to do whatever they can …
… but let’s be honest. They can make a public protest – and they should – but they can’t “block” this. Senate Republicans eliminated the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees during the Neil Gorsuch confirmation process, so they don’t need a single Democratic vote. Not in a hearing. Not in a floor vote.
McConnell only needs to convince Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), Bob Corker (R-TN), John McCain (R-AZ), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) to toe the party line. And it’s more than a bit … optimistic … to expect any of those senators to block the God-King and their supine GOP colleagues. Not when they have a chance to choose someone who will finally fulfill their party’s promises to overturn Roe v. Wade, Obergfell v. Hodges, etc.
Moreover, a Supreme Court confirmation battle is exactly what the God-King and Republicans need to energize their base for the midterms. My guess is that McConnell will script this drama so the final vote happens in the last week of October. And while Senate Democrats should publicly object and boycott hearings and so on, that will only add to the illusion of drama as the God-King and GOP candidates pound away with “This is why we must hold the Senate!”
Again, yes, Senate Democrats need to make those public objections. But the confirmation is a foregone conclusion, even if the God-King, Senate Republicans, and a gullible media will present it as a down-to-the-wire showdown.
Will that illusion of drama help Republicans maintain their Senate majority? Maybe. But our hopes for retaking the Senate are slim anyway, as Democrats’ 2018 Senate map is the worst for either party … ever. Yes. Really.
The resistance to the God-King’s nominee might boost Democratic turnout enough to flip some coin-toss House races, and that would be a good thing. But flipping the House will not turn the tide, not with a GOP-controlled Senate, not with the God-King still wielding a veto pen, and not with a Supreme Court ready and willing to back him in any constitutional showdown.
That’s not despair talking. It’s a realistic assessment of our system works.
More’s the point, with the Supreme Court already upholding Texas’ plainly discriminatory redistricting schemes, and gouging holes in the Voting Rights Act, winning elections will get more difficult in 2020, 2022, and 2024. And that’s if the God-King and Republicans continue to allow elections, because a majority of Republican voters support ‘postponing’ elections if the God-King yells “voter fraud!” Yes. Really.
And yes, the post-Kennedy Supreme Court would concoct a rationale for why that’s exactly what the Framers intended.
If we can’t count on elections and we can’t count on the courts, what options are left?
We’ll have to test the historical hypothetical that Hitler could have been stopped if only the “good Germans” had stood up … with the kind of large-scale, organized, disciplined, public resistance that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. taught and practiced.
And we must expect the same kind of response Dr. King faced. Tear gas. Water cannons. Sound cannons. Violence from counter-protesters while police stand aside. Mass arrests and kangaroo-court convictions for disturbing the peace – not of those who beat us, but of us for getting in the way of their feet and fists and clubs – upheld by the post-Kennedy Supreme Court.
And of course, op-eds in the New York Times and other ‘liberal’ media, blaming us for the unrest and telling us to be reasonable. Because ‘civility.’
We’ll have to face all of that, together, unflinching and unrepentant. Not just for a few weeks or months, but for as long as it takes for enough horrific videos to push enough ‘moderates’ out of their damn bubbles and recognize that “law and order” is not about “law” at all, but is instead about maintaining the political, racial, and social hierarchies of “order.”
So … are you willing to get arrested?
Because if too few of us are, our nation’s future is grim indeed.
Image Credit — Photo: Christian Goode (St. Louis Post-Dispatch/AP); Cartoon Effect: Crissie Brown (BPICampus.com)