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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Face, Meet Palm

Claire McCaskill has a tough job winning elections in Missouri as a Democrat.  However, it's tough to see the logic in her desire to avoid a filibuster of Neil Gorsuch.

It's this simple:

Option A: Filibuster Gorsuch and the GOP eliminates the filibuster for Supreme Court nominations.

Option B: "Keep your powder dry" for the NEXT opening, presumably a liberal or centrist jurist, and filibuster THAT person....and the GOP then eliminates the filibuster for Supreme Court nominations.

There is no option that allows the Democrats to prevent the seating of a far right ideologue like Neil Gorsuch as long as they have 50 or fewer votes in the Senate.  And I doubt there is a road to 51 seats in the Senate that doesn't involve fighting Trumpism tooth and nail.

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