Liberals on Capitol Hill are feeling the crunch to deliver on those promises to block Trump SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh. And now they’re already admitting that there really isn’t much they can actually do beyond those sweet nothings inciting protests en masse. According to a report from The Hill, “Senate Democratic leaders this week appeared to try to tamp down expectations of the party’s progressive base, with Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) saying the procedural options for Democrats ‘are not that large.'” We’re reminded of Obama’s finger-wagging, “I won.” Now the shoe’s on the other foot.
Here’s more from Hot Air…
Consider this a follow up to a post I wrote yesterday about the collapsing opposition to the Kavanaugh nomination. Today, the Hill notes that Senate Democratic leaders are sounding a bit frustrated with the wild expectations coming from of their own base. Senators Schumer and Durbin and are doing their best to prepare the left for imminent failure.
Back when Justice Kennedy first announced he was resigning there was some immediate speculation about ways in which Democrats could prevent the GOP from replacing him. A University of Miami political scientist named Gregory Koger proposed to Vox and other news sites that Democrats could prevent a vote by denying a quorum. Simply put, Democrats would refuse to show up for work and thereby prevent the GOP, which needs a simple majority present to hold a vote on anything, from acting.
I wrote about this here and suggested that, as dumb as it sounded, the left would probably push leadership to consider it. There is some precedent for something like this, at least at the state level. Remember when Democrats fled the state of Wisconsin to prevent Republicans led by Governor Walker from passing ACT 10? That worked for a few days though ACT 10 was eventually passed. Sure enough, it sounds as if people have been recommending something similar to Sen. Chuck Schumer who is stuck having to his excited base it won’t work:
Senate Democratic leaders this week appeared to try to tamp down expectations of the party’s progressive base, with Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) saying the procedural options for Democrats “are not that large.”
“There is no way we can prevent the Senate from meeting. There’s been some discussion about that, but it just wouldn’t happen,” Schumer told reporters during a weekly press conference when asked about the possibility of actions like boycotting a confirmation hearing.