Sunday, February 5, 2017

A Filibuster Is Unlikely

Chuck Schumer must be quietly cursing Harry Reid every time he says a prayer.

Thanks to Reid's shortsightedness  the new Senate Minority Leader has very little left that he can fight with.  And in truth there is no reason to fight other than the base is screaming at him to fight.

Thanks to Reid the Supreme Court filibuster is the only arrow left in his quiver and there are two...possibly three more dragons on the horizon.

Thomas has been making a few noises about stepping down but the big surprise for me was finding out that Kennedy might be a lot more serious about it.  And that the appointment of Goresuch was just to reassure the old man that President Trump would make solid picks for the High Nine.

Apparently Kennedy is very tight indeed with young Goresuch.  He even flew out for his swearing in when he took the bench.  It's not unusual to have a justice who wants to retire do it in the first year of a new presidency...that he likes.  He is eighty years old, it may indeed be Kennedy.

Replacing Scalia and Kennedy doesn't really change the equation, too much.  Kennedy frankly is a bit of Cuck and I won't mind in the least if he is replaced by someone a little more reliable. But so far as Schumer is concerned the court won't change all that much.  Nor will replacing Thomas if that comes up.

The problem for Schumer is that the base is demanding that he make an all or nothing last stand at the start of the war.  If McConnel is forced to nuke the filibuster now what happens when the real gorilla in the monkey house comes knocking on Schumer's door?

Meet the gorilla in question

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Age 83

"Can she eat more kale?" asks Kim Landsbergen, a forest ecologist in Ohio. "Eat more kale, that's all I can say. We love you. Eat more kale!"


Jew613 said...

Ginsburg is 83 had multiple bouts with cancer and is showing signs of dementia. Maybe her arrogance about a Hillary win was so strong she simply assumed there'd be 8 years of democratic rule in which to step down or die.

For that matter Stephen Breyer is no spring chicken either. Though he still seems to be in relatively good shape.

Cataline Sergius said...

There was a rumor flying about that she wanted Hillary to appoint her successor. Which was possible. The scenario that all the pundits were talking about prior to the actual election was that Hillary was a shoe-in and would probably flip the Senate as well.

Although personally I think she's just one of those SCOTUS Justices that is going to stay on the bench until she keels over and falls off it.

Jon Mollison said...

If her dementia started to affect her rulings from the could you tell?

Cataline Sergius said...

A bigger question is how would you remove her from the bench. It's never happened before.