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Schmidt Wrote: Democrats are between a rock and a hard place. The hard nosed base of supporters still remembering what Mitch McConnell did to Obama's nomination, want to take a hard line and say no, no, no.
I agree. This was my number one priority during the election that so many people decided wasn't important enough to show up for.
McConnell will ram Gorsuch through with or without Democratic support. If they overplay their hands then he'll just ram through the nuclear option and then we will be screwed six ways from Sunday if Ginsburg or Breyer pass away during Donald's reign.
This is why elections matter. Supposed liberals who voted for Jill Stein don't get to bitch and moan about this pick and they only have themselves to blame for the position we are in now.
Schmidt Wrote: However, the second candidate of the two appears to be even worse. It is unlikely that Trump will nominate anyone to replace Gorsuch that is any more palatable, so unless McConnell goes the "nuclear option" then, we could have an eight person Supreme Court for the next four years.. Or maybe even less if a couple more retire. Then what?
I can see him going nuclear in a heartbeat. Then it would be up to the "moderate" Republicans (if there are any) to stop him from ramming it through.
What's even more scary is that we are in a worse position in 2018 when far more Senate Democrats are up for reelection than Republicans.
We shot ourselves in the foot in 2016 and we're going to be paying the price for that self inflicted wound for decades to come.