“Even if he were mediocre, there are a lot of mediocre judges and people and lawyers. They are entitled to a little representation, aren’t they, and a little chance?”
The above quote was actually uttered on the floor of the senate by Roman Hruska (R-NE), during a 1970 speech defending then-President Nixon’s nomination of Harrold Carswell to the Supreme Court. Not surprisingly, Senator Hruska was heavily ridiculed for it – ridicule which followed him for the rest of his political career.
Well, now we have another U. S. Senator making a ridiculous statement – more than one, actually – about the nomination of a Supreme Court Justice. And this one is a Democrat: Dick Durbin (D-IL).
First, he suggested (without saying it in so many words) that Democrat senators in “red” states, who are at significant risk of losing their seats in this year’s midterm elections, should anger their state’s voters by opposing President Trump’s selection of Brett Kavanaugh to the court.
Here is the exchange between Durbin and Meet The Press host Chuck Todd:
Todd: “Staying united to stop the Supreme Court pick could cost you red state senators. Not fighting it as hard might allow the red state senators to get re-elected and get Democrats in control of the Senate. That’s your dilemma.”
Durbin: “It is a dilemma in one respect, but not in another. I will tell you, the men and women that I work with on the Democratic side really take this seriously. They understand it’s an historic decision. It’s about more than the next election.”
In other words, try – with no guarantee of success, since Republicans hold a majority in the senate – to dump Kavanaugh, and lose your seat in the bargain. That is Durbin’s message to his own colleagues.
I’m assuming you can already see how stupid this is. But it’s even stupider if you think past the election.
Let’s say that Durbin succeeds in convincing marginal senators to anger their pro-Trump constituents and vote against Kavanaugh. And let’s further say that it results in Kavanaugh’s nomination being defeated.
Now President Trump will pick a new nominee. And this time, because of how Kavanaugh was torpedoed, he has a larger majority in the senate.
Who do you think he’ll pick to replace Kavanaugh with his strengthened position? Someone less to the conservative side? You’re kidding, right.
So not only is Durbin telling Democrat Senators to significantly increase their chances of losing, but his brilliant idea will set up a situation probably resulting in an even less desirable Supreme Court justice than he claims Kavanaugh is.
If that is not ridiculous, then what is?
Will his “pals” (does a friend tell a friend to lose his/her senate race) do Durbin’s bidding?
That would make them just as ridiculous as Durbin is.