Chuckie the Clown Schumer was trying to pretend to be reasonable. It was, of course, just for laughs.
Schumer said, “Let me make a proposal here to maybe break this problem that we have, okay? It looks like Gorsuch will not reach the 60-vote margin. So instead of changing the rules, which is up to Mitch McConnell and the Republican majority, why doesn’t President Trump, Democrats, and Republicans in the Senate, sit down, and try to come up with a mainstream nominee? Look, when a nominee doesn’t get 60 votes, you shouldn’t change the rules, you should change the nominee. And let’s just take, give me one minute here, because this is important, let’s just look at the history, okay?”
Seriously, Chuckie? Naw. He’s just trying to blow smoke up Republicans’ derrieres. By now we should all know that when the Democrats generously give Republicans good tactical advice they are completely out of steam and their only hope is to trick the good guys into making an error. Sadly, Republicans all too often fall for it. Elephants really do have excellent memories, not so the GOP.
The first thing Schumer says is, “It looks like Gorsuch will not reach the 60-vote margin.” Chuckie, old bean, old boy, if he doesn’t have the 60 vote margin why are you and your Donks fighting to prevent a vote? If he didn’t have the votes you’d hold the vote, the GOP would fail and you’d win.
But no, you’re gonna try and fillibuster. There’s only one reason you’d do that: you know damned good and well that if the vote were held you would lose. And your plan to stack the court with Lefties would be set back a few years. But you don’t want to wait because right up to dinner time on November 8, 2016 you thought you had finally sunk your collectivist teeth into the chalupa of national power, only to have that Trump fella run off with *your* chalupa.
To quote the previous occupier of the White House, “Elections have consequences.” Remember that? You lie, Chuckie. The Republicans have the votes. Sucks to be a Democrat these days. Sucks to be you.
Oh, but wait, Chuckie the Clown has a bright idea! “… why doesn’t President Trump, Democrats, and Republicans in the Senate, sit down, and try to come up with a mainstream nominee?” Translated that reads, “Why don’t you let us help you pick a nice radical leftist nominee who can continue to frog march America into a Socialist totalitarian police state by judicial fiat?”
What a clever little Clown you are, Chuckie!
Above all, Chuckie says, “… when a nominee doesn’t get 60 votes, you shouldn’t change the rules, you should change the nominee.” Don’t change the rules because that is exactly what we did, and boy are we sorry about it now. And sure, as soon as we get back in power we’ll change the rules any way we like just like we always do. But you, honest, upstanding, patriotic Republicans shouldn’t change the rules. Oh, no, no, no! That would be wrong!
(So please, God, even though I don’t believe in You, let the Party of Stupid not change the rules.) So much for Chuckie the Clown’s prayer.
But your humble correspondent doesn’t think the GOP will quit on Gorsuch. My money says Trump won’t let them. The Gorsuch nomination is a point of honor for the President, keeping one of the key pledges he made that won him the election. This is not a loser for Trump, and Trump likes to win.
It would help if ordinary citizens like you and me were to burn up the wires to DC and stiffen some of those GOP spines. No use talking to our un-representatives, sad to say. But it wouldn’t hurt to let them know that we know their ascendancy is at an end.