“We’ve already seen how he did, how he acted, the week after impeachment. Can you imagine this man after re-election?”
— Ben Rhodes, deputy national security advisor to Pres. Obama and author
If impeachment taught us one thing, it has to be the importance of flipping the Senate from Republican majority to Democratic majority. Had Democrats controlled the Senate during the trial, evidence would have been pursued, witnesses would have been both called and believed, and Donald Trump would have been held accountable for his naked power grabbing.
Likewise, even if Donald Trump wins in November, with a Democratically-controlled Senate joining the Democratically-controlled House, he will get nothing done. He will be rendered the ineffectual red-faced crybaby that he is if he has no enablers to make his dreams reality.
Not convinced that the Senate races are more important in 2020 than the presidential contest? The next president will almost certainly get to nominate two Supreme Court justices — but those people will have to be approved by the Senate. We’ve already seen who Republicans approve. Having two more justices like the first two will change life as Americans, particularly progressive Americans, know it. […]
Despite the will of a majority of voters,
We ended up with Donald Trump as POTUS.
And because he’s a dick,
With his Supreme Court pick,
He’ll create a right-wing, activist SCOTUS.
4 to 4
“A shorthanded U.S. Supreme Court divided evenly in a case for the first time since the Feb. 13 death of Justice Antonin Scalia, deadlocking in a Missouri dispute involving discrimination under a federal equal-credit law,” reports Bloomberg.
I would wait until the nominee is made before I would make any decisions. This is a very serious position to fill and it should be filled and debated during the campaign and filled by either Hillary Clinton, Senator Sanders or whoever’s nominated by the Republicans.
— Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, telling Radio Iowa that he had not ruled out holding hearings on President Obama’s eventual nominee to replace Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.
If we enshrine this precedent and declare a functioning Supreme Court optional, subordinate to the whim of the Senate majority, it is easy to envision a future where the Supreme Court is routinely crippled.
— Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), writing for the Washington Post , on the GOP’s stated refusal to consider any Obama nominee for the Supreme Court vacancy.
Old Justice Scalia was never into constitutional interpretation.
For him, the pristine document was unchanged since its creation.
But now that Scalia
Has left this vale of tears,
He’s just as dead as his version of the U.S. Constitution.
To hear them tell it, God is in constant communication with Republican politicians. In the current election cycle alone, he told no less than six out of the 16 (or whatever) Republican candidates that he wanted them to run for president.
He may have wanted them to run, but apparently he didn’t want at least five of them to win. Of the six — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, evangelical cult leader Ben Carson, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee — only Kasich is still in the race.