President Donald Trump has reportedly decided to nominate Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.
How should Joe Biden and the Democrats react?
Barrett appears to be a highly qualified jurist, but one with right-wing ideological views. Should the Democrats engage in an all-out battle to block her confirmation?
On Bartlett, see,
1) O. Carter Snead, “I’ve known Amy Coney Barrett for 15 years. Liberals have nothing to fear,” Opinion, Washington Post, September 26, 2020 (10:00 a.m. EDT).
2) Adam Liptak “Barrett’s Record: A Conservative Who Would Push the Supreme Court to the Right; As an appeals court judge, Judge Barrett has issued opinions that have reflected those of her mentor, Justice Antonin Scalia, but with few of his occasional liberal rulings,” New York Times, September 26, 2020
(Updated 1:26 p.m. ET).
If nothing else was going on, the answer would probably be “Yes”.
But there is something else going on: the presidential and general elections on November 3, 2020.
This is a presidential election which could decide the future of American democracy.
With President Donald Trump, a would-be authoritarian leader, revealing every day that he intends to cling to power at any cost, regardless of the outcome of the election, the stakes could not be higher.
Trump is a lawless president, totally out of control, who appears to be in the middle of a creeping and ongoing coup d’état.
The Republicans control the Senate and have the votes to jam the Barrett confirmation through.
So what should the Democrats do?
The answer is blazingly clear. They should not take the bait, not be distracted, and should simply not engage in the battle.
Instead, they should continue to focus their energies on winning the presidential election by a large margin, and overcoming all of the obstacles Trump may throw in their way so as to guarantee a successful transition of power to a Joe Biden presidency on January 20, 2021.
In short, they should focus on winning not this battle, but rather the war.
If Trump engages in any wild behavior, once the newly elected House and Senate members take office on January 3, 2021, the House should immediately approve articles of impeachment, and the new Democratically-controlled Senate should very quickly thereafter commence the impeachment trial to remove Trump from office.
In a word, Democrats should avoid a battle over Barrett’s confirmation which they can’t win, and focus instead on winning the elections by stressing their major themes:
1. Health care;
2. Covid-19 crisis management, 200,000 dead, and 400,000 deaths by January, 2021;
3. Economic support for working families and unemployed during the pandemic;
4. Russian influence over Donald Trump and his administration;
5. Science and climate change;
6. Abuse of power, and obstruction of justice; and
7. Decency and family values.
This is no time to get intellectual or complicated. They should keep it simple, and pound home their messages on these issues, both on the rational-analytical level and, more importantly, on the emotional level. Currently, the Presidential contest is being fought at the level of mass emotions.
Let us all keep our ‘Eyes on the Prize”.
The Trenchant Observer