A constitutional crisis is looming, or at least Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) thinks so–which is why he says cannot vote to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. It’s not, he insists, payback for Reprublicans refusing to hold hearings to confirm Merrick Garland during Barack Obama’s last months in office, although he admits to still being angry about that. Rather, it’s because he fears that the Supreme Court will soon be called upon to adjudicate the impeachment of the president of the United States.
As Blumenthal himself puts it:
The independence of our judicial branch has never been more threatened or more important. The possibility of a Supreme Court needing to enforce a subpoena against the president of the United States is far from idle speculation. It has happened before in United States vs. Nixon.
And what would justify such a subpoena? Why, Donald Trump’s collusion with Russia during the election, of course!
To sum up, Blumenthal is saying he can’t vote to confirm Gorsuch because in the event that Trump is impeached for a scandal for which there is literally no evidence–and which is looking more and more like an Obama administration put-up job–Gorsuch couldn’t be trusted to be impartial because. . .Trump appointed him? By that standard, no president would ever be able to appoint a judge who might end up ruling on a case that involved the administration. Even fantasy ones cooked up as fever dreams for increasingly unhinged activists.
Hell of a way to run the world’s finest deliberative body, Senator.
If you want to know why most people hate politics, you’ll find fewer finer examples than this. What should be a straightforward process (i.e., the Senate doing the job it was elected to do) has instead deteriorated into a dysfunctional mess that has nothing to do with the business of the country at large. Instead, everything is tailored to whip everyone into a frenzy and keep them in a perpetual state of rage. Republicans can take their share of the blame for this sorry state of affairs–but Democrats have taken it to a whole new level, de-normalizing literally everything that the Trump administration does.
And it’s exhausting—especially for Americans who, after finally clawing their way out of the misery left in the wake of the 2008 recession, just want some normalcy for a change.
Is that really to much to ask?