Enraged Democrats are considering “total war” next session if Senate Republicans decide to push through a nomination to fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg‘s vacant Supreme Court seat. Their plan may even include adding states to the union to cement their permanent control of Congress.
Both President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have signaled their intent to fill the seat prior to the November election, which is less than 50 days away.
Democrats, including Senate Judiciary Committee member Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, have clarified that they think that no response is off the table if Republicans follow through with their plans to fill the Supreme Court vacancy.
The Democrats’ Strategy
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi even mentioned that her caucus is considering pursuing another impeachment, either against Trump or Attorney General William Barr. Some have speculated that this will be sufficient to tie up the Senate’s time and prevent them from voting on a nominee.
“Well, we have our options. We have arrows in our quiver that I’m not about to discuss right now,” Pelosi stated.
Democrats, including Representative Joe Kennedy III, have threatened to pack the Supreme Court with additional seats. This is a proposal that even Justice Ginsburg herself opposed.
Rep. Jerry Nadler agreed with the proposal on Twitter, stating that, “If Sen. McConnell and @SenateGOP were to force through a nominee during the lame-duck session — before a new Senate and President can take office — then the incoming Senate should immediately move to expand the Supreme Court.”
This is not the Democrats first attempt to expand the Supreme Court, though previous attempts have failed. Even Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has stated in the past that he opposes “court-packing.” His signature as president would be required for the action.
Even the Media is Pushing Democrats’ Agenda
As reported by Axios, Democrats are also considering two major changes to Congress to help keep their party in control of the country. “Adding Supreme Court justices … eliminating the Senate’s 60-vote threshold to end filibusters … and statehood for D.C. and Puerto Rico,” are all on the table, Axios says.
“Democrats are talking anew about pushing statehood for D.C. and Puerto Rico. Capturing the anything-goes spirit among Democrats amid the Supreme Court fight, one party strategist texted me: ‘Guam want in?’” Axios noted.
The New York Post reported that “A Democratic sweep this fall might well produce statehood for the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. And possibly for the US Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.”
According to NBC News, “Democratic insiders are assembling a coalition behind the scenes to wage an all-out war on the Senate filibuster in bullish anticipation of sweeping the 2020 election and passing an ambitious progressive agenda.”
The Democrats have created a coalition, aptly named ‘Fix Our Senate’, to try to change the rules of the Senate to make passing their agenda easier. Just like ‘fixing’ a fight, Democrats want to ‘fix’ the rules to help them win every election, and get every piece of their agenda passed.
“Veteran party operatives, activist groups and supportive senators are coordinating message and strategy to dial up the pressure to quickly end the 60-vote threshold early next year, fearing that preservation of the rule will enable Republicans to kill Joe Biden’s legislative agenda in its cradle,” NBC News added.
The White House has reported that they plan to announce Ginsburg’s potential replacement as early as Wednesday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already announced that he plans to push the nominee through the process, and confirm them by election day.