Well, I would say we are a couple of years too late on this, but let’s do it.
Courtesy of Axios:
Furious Democrats are considering total war — profound changes to two branches of government, and even adding stars to the flag — if Republicans jam through a Supreme Court nominee then lose control of the Senate.
Adding Supreme Court justices … eliminating the Senate’s 60-vote threshold to end filibusters … and statehood for D.C. and Puerto Rico. “If he holds a vote in 2020, we pack the court in 2021,” Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.) tweeted.
Democrats are enraged by GOP hypocrisy of rushing through a new justice for President Trump after stalling President Obama’s final nominee.
Dems aren’t optimistic about blocking the nominee. But they have many ways of retaliating if they win Senate control — and are licking their chops about real movement on ideas that have been pushed futilely for decades.
For instance, the Constitution doesn’t fix the number of justices, which could be changed by an act of Congress and the president’s signature, according to the National Constitution Center.
On ABC’s “This Week,” George Stephanopoulos asked Speaker Pelosi about the possibility of impeaching President Trump or Attorney General Barr as a way to stall a Supreme Court confirmation in a post-election lame-duck session.
Pelosi replied: “Well, we have our options. We have arrows in our quiver that I’m not about to discuss right now.”
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said on a call with his caucus yesterday, after a moment of silence for Justice Ginsburg:
If Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell “and Senate Republicans move forward with this, then nothing is off the table for next year.”
The Republicans have been accusing Democrats of wanting to fundamentally change this country for decades, so perhaps it is time that we actually did.
If they do manage to replace RBG with some anti-progress conservative then I think it is well past time to take off the kid gloves and start leaving bruises on bodies. (Politically speaking that is, I still do not condone actual violence.)
I also hope that the Dems consider making Puerto Rico, Guam, and Washington D.C our 51st, 52nd, and 53rd states with their own representatives and Senators since that will shift the balance of power in ways that the GOP’s underhanded tricks cannot undo.
I am also crossing my fingers for universal health care, free childcare, and making election day a national holiday.
In short Donald Trump’s true lasting legacy might be to hand the Democrats power that up until now was undreamt of.