To Nuke or Not to Nuke?

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Recently, the Senate Judiciary Committee started confirmation hearings for Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Goresuch. And to be honest, it was a snoozefest unless you were a Democrat looking to score political points. Then it was a snoozefest and a series epic fails.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other Senate Democrats have announced they would oppose Goresuch’s nomination and would attempt to filibuster it. Basically, a filibuster is when a Senator or a group of Senators attempt to derail progress on a particular bill or nomination by speaking for long periods. In other words, it’s what they do when they’re on Sunday news programs, just without as many cameras around.

Senate Republicans, on the other hand, have a not-so-secret weapon. Thanks to the machinations of former Senate Majority Leader and exercise equipment victim Harry Reid, the Senate can approve nominations with a simple majority, a move known as the nuclear option. Typically, judicial nominations needed 60 votes to win appointment, but thanks to Reid, that’s no longer the case.

Since I have no life to speak of, I have given the arguments for and against turning the Senate chamber into Chernobyl on the Potomac some thought, and I figured out the nuclear option may be a foregone conclusion at this point. Republicans have the votes in the Senate just on a straight party line vote to approve Goresuch, and Democrats haven’t figured out how to stop shooting themselves in the foot with a Howitzer to realize they’re not in a good position politically to make a stand. Having said that, I think I might have come up with a way to curtail the fallout from using the nuclear option.

One of the main arguments Democrats have raised in opposition to Goresuch revolves around President Barack Obama’s choice to fill the vacancy left by the late Antonin Scalia, Merrick Garland. Democrats feel Garland should get a hearing before Goresuch because they feel Garland’s seat was stolen. (Well, that’s what happens when you run an unlikable candidate with the political intelligence of a pet rock.) Republicans have resisted, and with good reason I might add. However, my idea involves giving the Democrats what they want.

Yes, I want Garland to have a hearing.

But here’s where things get interesting. Since the Constitution only requires the Senate to give advice and consent to Presidential appointees, there is no need for a long protracted hearing. Just a simple “yea” or “nay.” All the Senate Judiciary Committee leader Charles Grassley needs to do is open the hearing, say “We don’t approve Garland,” and adjourn. They would be done in time for brunch or an early lunch if they wanted to really draw out the hearing. It’s simple, Constitutional, and removes one of the Democrats’ arguments against Goresuch in one fell swoop.

Then, all the Democrats will have is political reasons to oppose Goresuch, which in all honesty are the only reasons they have to oppose him. And they will look like dumbasses to boot, while Donald Trump gets his Supreme Court nominee approved. That’s a win-win in my book.

Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

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Like it or not, theft is a part of human history. From the first time Og saw something Grog had and wanted, the idea of taking what doesn’t belong to you has been a part of us as a species. Even though we’ve advanced from Og and Grog’s day (we now have a federal government to steal from and for us), we still have theft, from the small to the grand.

To hear Leftists talk these days, Donald Trump successfully stole a seat on the US Supreme Court with the help of Senate Republicans. See, President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland last year to fill a vacancy left by the late Antonin Scalia, but Senate Republicans refused to hold confirmation hearings since it was the last year of Obama’s Presidency. After much kicking, screaming, swearing, and general pouting, the Left have now stated Trump should not be allowed to nominate anyone until Garland is given a hearing, citing Trump “stole a seat.”

Brace yourselves, kids. This one is going to be a doozy.

stolen seat

What the Left believes it means – a spot on the Supreme Court taken by Donald Trump and Senate Republicans that should go to Merrick Garland

What it really means – the Left are still being sore losers

Before we speak about the present, we need to take a step back to talk about the Garland nomination. Although President Obama nominated him, there is no requirement for there to be confirmation hearings. The Constitution states the Senate is to give “advice and consent” on nominees, but it doesn’t go into detail as to the form this advice and consent is to take. The confirmation hearing is a Senate creation and has given us such memorable moments as Republican nominees being grilled like a Chik Fil A sandwich, and Republicans rolling over for Democrat nominees.

Back when Democrats thought Hillary Clinton would win, they warned Republicans not to block Garland’s nomination because they were going to keep the White House. Yeah, how’d that work out for ya? Pretty good?

Now that they are not only out of the White House for the short and possibly long term, but also in the minority of the Senate, Democrats are relying on the stupidity of their followers to create a crisis where there is none. Trump’s victory means he gets to nominate whomever he wants to fill the Supreme Court vacancy. Period. Full stop. The End. Thank you for playing, and here are your lovely parting gifts.

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, I reject the “stolen seat” notion completely because it was never the Left’s seat to begin with. The fact Obama nominated someone to fill the vacancy is immaterial. It does not grant ownership of said seat to any one party or ideology.

But, as with most things Leftists complain about, there’s more to the story. With Scalia’s death, the Supreme Court stood at 8 members. Four of the Justices vote consistently to the Left, three vote to the Right, and one is a wild card that votes inconsistently for either side. Garland’s successful appointment to the Supreme Court would give the Left a minimum of a 5-4 decision in their favor in practically every case that got to the high court.

Then, Donald Trump won the Presidency and that Leftist Supreme Court wet dream became a pipe dream. Now, the Left can still count on their 4 favorite Justices to vote the way they want, but the Right may have 4 Justices of their own if/when Gorsuch gets confirmed by a Republican-lead Senate. Granted, the Left may still get 5-4 decisions, but they aren’t going to be guaranteed. Then, the Leftist Justices will have to actually make compelling arguments to create the majorities they want.

And we know how Leftists hate to actually work for something.

When you consider the Left feels Trump stole the 2016 election by, you know, actually campaigning in states instead of letting Hillary win them, the “stolen seat” idea isn’t that unusual. The Left is trying to find any way they can to instill doubt in people’s minds that Trump is legitimate, so if they can get enough people to think he’s a thief they will get what they want.

The problem is the more they rely on this line of thinking, the less effective it becomes. And it doesn’t get any easier when there is no evidence to back up the notion Trump stole anything. But a lack of facts hasn’t stopped the Left before, so it’s not going to stop them now. Of course, that doesn’t mean we have to play along, does it?