So, here we stand on the edge of the precipice, at a pivotal moment in the history of our Republic with the entire fate of the Nation held hostage.
Bullshit. We aren’t even close to the precipice and this supposedly pivotal moment in the history of the Republic was all figured out by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution.
The only people alarmed are morons who have never read the Constitution.
WTF, Big Red Car?
It’s very easy.
1. An Associate Justice of the Supreme Court has died, leaving a vacant seat behind. [As a dead person, she can still vote as a Dem, but she can’t hold a SCOTUS seat.]
2. The Constitution provides that the President of the United States nominates a candidate for any vacant Supreme Court seat.
3. The Constitution similarly provides that the Senate confirms the President’s choice.
4. Both of these provisions are contained in Article II, Section 2, Clause 2 of the US Constitution, something legal scholars call the “Appointments Clause.”
Here is the actual language of the Constitution:
He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, . . . .
As you can see it doesn’t say anything about the following:
1. The death bed wishes of the person who formerly held that position on the Supreme Court.
2. The Biden Rule — you’re on your own. Google it.
3. The McConnell Rule — see #2 above.
4. The Merrick Garland Rule — see #3, then #2.
5. The last year of a President’s tenure
It is pretty damn clear. The President appoints and the Senate confirms.
Why is this a crisis, Big Red Car?
It isn’t, dear reader. It isn’t even a pimple on the collective world’s ass.
It is a totally manufactured bit of nonsense because people don’t respect the Constitution.
What do you think, Big Red Car?
I think as follows:
1. The President of the United States, this Donald J Trump fellow, should pick someone he thinks would be a damn good Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
Last week he announced a whole list of people he intended to appoint to the Judiciary in a second term. Pick one of those persons?
2. He should spend a few minutes chatting it up with those Senators who are capable of having a civil conversation and seek their advice.
3. If after that chat he still thinks his nominee is the right person for the job, he should make it official.
4. The Majority Leader of the Senate should take up the nomination as a matter of ordinary business and forward it to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary.
5. There is no Constitutional requirement for Judiciary Committee hearings.
In 1975, John Paul Stevens appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee for 6 hours and took ZERO questions.
In 2018, Brett Kavanaugh appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee for 48 hours and took 1278 questions plus more written responses.
This Kavanaugh jug fuck is sufficient justification in my mind to do away with Judiciary Committee hearings until Senators learn how to behave and act like adults.
6. With or without a Judiciary Committee hearing, the nomination should be forwarded to the floor of the Senate for an up or down vote.
Senator Ted Cruz today said his whip count says there are 51 affirmative votes for a nominee (which I find interesting as nobody has actually thrown a name into the ring yet, but that’s just me).
7. We should all get on with our lives and recognize that the Founding Fathers spelled it all out. Just read the Constitution, obey it, and stop telling everybody we’re on the edge of a pivotal moment, or a deathly challenge to the Republic, or any such nonsense.
This is all just as earth shattering as getting your car registration renewed.
But, won’t the Dems be pissed off, Big Red Car?
The Constitution is completely silent on the issue of feelings. The Dems are pissed off about something all the time. It is the natural state of a Dem politician to be pissed off. Tell me the name of a Dem politician who is not pissed off all the time.
If you cave into the Dem demands, then they will move the goal line and ask for more.
The Dems own:
Not accepting the outcome of the 2016 election;
Manufactured Russian collusion allegations;
The Mueller Investigation and its nonsensical 400+ page report that said there was no Russian collusion;
The Kavanaugh shit show in all its clown car glory;
Failed impeachment (in the last year of a Presidential term, BTW);
Harnessing the media for four years to do everything possible to unseat this President; and,
A generally nasty level of zero cooperatino which has harmed the American people including holding financial relief due to COVID19 hostage.
So, the Dems being pissed off? That ship sailed a long time ago, dear reader. They caused this toxic environment.
What would you advise the President, Big Red Car?
I would say to him, “Take the shot, Mr. President.”
I would say to Senator McConnell, “Confirm the nominee, Mitch.”
I would tell America, “This is all just baloney politics.”
Then I would go make a salami and pepper jack sandwich on a soft brioche roll like they sell at Whole Foods and slather it with horseradish sauce. I’d retire to my office with a can of Arnold Palmer Half & Half and go back to plotting how to steal the election.
But, hey, that’s just me. What the Hell do I really know anyway? I’m just a Big Red Car.
Take the shot, Mr. President.