The Daily Shot, Ricochet, Thursday January 5, 2017
Well, it worked. Senate Republicans successfully blocked President Obama from appointing a replacement for Antonin Scalia. That strategy will pay off later this month after Donald Trump takes office and is able to appoint his own Supreme Court nominee.
Democrats haven’t forgotten what Republicans did [even though it has been the norm not to appoint a Supreme Court Justice in the last year of a President’s Administration for about 80 years]. And after 11 months of seeing how the Supreme Court can function with only eight justices, they’re ready to block a new appointment. Yesterday, Chuck Schumer said precisely that: “The consequences are gonna be down the road. We are not going to settle on a Supreme Court nominee. If they don’t appoint someone who’s really good, we’re gonna oppose him tooth and nail.” Asked if he’d work to keep the Supreme Court seat vacant, Schumer replied, “Absolutely.”
While Chuck Schumer seems like a man without regrets (because, you know, that would require the man to have a conscience … or a sense of decency … or a soul), he does regret one thing. Back in 2013 the Democrats triggered the “nuclear option,” changing Senate rules so cabinet nominees only required a simple majority for confirmation. Schumer confirmed recently that he now regrets loosening the rules.
Now if we can only get him to regret all the other horrible stuff he’s done…