There’s bad military strategy, and then there’s running out of the foxhole screaming for mercy before the battle even begins. Say hello to our chickenshit compatriots in the US Senate – Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Heidi Heidtkamp of North Dakota, and shockingly, Chris Coons of Delaware, who clearly is misreading the moment and the angry sentiments of the Democratic masses coming out against all things Trump. These are not folks you want next to you in the foxhole – they’re gutless, they’re cowards, and they can’t even hold their water until the battle starts.
But Democrats’ opposition began to crumble on Tuesday, before Trump even announced his pick.
First, Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) told CNN that he is “not going to do to President Trump’s nominee what the Republicans in the Senate did to President Obama’s.”
“I will push for a hearing and I will push for a vote,” he said.
Then, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said in an interview that his party is wrong to oppose all potential nominees, noting that the person will be conservative and anti-choice, which Democrats will have to accept.
“You’ve got to let him put staff together,” he said, adding the stipulation that he would not support a racist or bigoted nominee.
Then moderate Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) piled on, telling Politico that Trump’s nominee “should get a full hearing” and should “absolutely” get a straight vote rather than be blocked by a filibuster.
And if this becomes the strategy of the Democratic leadership in the Senate, heaven help them all, because the newly energized Democratic left is answerable to no one, and they will turn viciously on this shitty excuse for a plan.
Instead, a growing number of Democrats are plotting what seems to be a “choose your battle” approach. According to reports from a recent closed-door retreat, some Democrats have decided it’s in their best interest to allow Trump’s first Supreme Court nominee to be approved. Their logic, according to sources, is that if Democrats try to block him or her (but most likely him), Senate Republicans will be able to rewrite the filibuster rules, hurting Democrats in other battles. They argue that opposition should be withheld until the time when Trump will presumably get to name a second justice to the high court.
But any long-game, tactical explanations are hard to support when the president is Donald Trump, the nominee is likely to be extremely anti-choice, anti-gay, and anti-worker, and when the last president’s Supreme Court nominee was blocked by a party that stood together in violating the Constitution by refusing to give him a vote.
These are extraordinary times, new and unpledged forces are afoot in the Democratic left, and these senators are thinking like it’s 1997. This is craven bullshit. At what point do Democrats stop being cowards and actually act with purpose and conviction on critical issues?