Karma. What goes around comes around.
Whichever way you slice it, Republicans — and, in particular, conservatives — are getting exactly what they deserve as President Biden prepares to fill the next Supreme Court vacancy. Judges serve for life, so the next one will help shape the law of the land for decades, almost certainly from a left-wing perspective. Although this is anathema to the right, they have absolutely no one to blame but themselves.
The reason is twofold: A) Donald Trump should never have lost the election, and B) even after he did, he simply had to offer one of two Senate seats in the red state of Georgia for the Republicans are in the driver’s seat of the nomination. to treat. But since the former president failed on both counts, the current president should have no problem seeing a Liberal nominee go through Senate confirmation.
Why did Mr. Trump hesitate? Because since 2015, his base refused to call him when he derailed. Contrary to conventional wisdom, Donald Trump could be reasoned with – if enough people were on board to persuade him with logical arguments. But as this rarely happened, Mr. Trump took carte blanche to continue his irresponsible and, in many cases, offensive behavior. And he knew exactly what he was doing, as his famous quote illustrates: “My people are so smart…I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose a voter.” … It’s, like, amazing.”
So amazing that for five years, Trump’s sycophants loved every minute when their leader insulted people they didn’t like: immigrants, Mexicans, John McCain — even conservative GOP members. They thought the party would never end, so they were stunned, to say the least, when everything suddenly fell apart after the election. Unwilling to look in the mirror, they cried foul, blamed everyone else and claimed – without any evidence – that widespread fraud had occurred, resulting in a stolen election.
Not surprisingly, most talking heads and political leaders deliberately avoid this story. The left does not want to admit that Donald Trump (and the policies he advocated) would have won if he had acted with just a modicum of civility and common sense – thus putting him in a position to appoint the next judge. And the right won’t acknowledge that acquiescence to Mr. Trump’s behavior — from staff to the pandemic — led to his undoing, and with it, a missed opportunity to bench another conservative judge.
Aside from the presidential race, it was inexcusable that Republicans lost both GOP Senate seats in Georgia’s special election last year. But that’s exactly what they did, mainly because Donald Trump chose to all but ignore the state, not visiting it enough during the two-month campaign. Worse still, instead of realizing that holding the Senate would help cement his legacy, Mr. Trump asserted that Georgia’s electoral system was “illegal and invalid”, and therefore the state’s vote could not be trusted. . The result: a significant part of his base stayed at home – ceding the two seats and control of the US Senate to his enemies: Joe Biden and the Democrats.
Even with a majority in the Senate, Republicans could not have stalled President Biden’s nominee indefinitely. But the check would have warned the president that a candidate from the far left would not be acceptable. In other words, if the GOP had maintained control of the Senate with just one of Georgia’s seats, it could have forced Mr. Biden’s hand to appoint a centrist.
This colossal failure will allow the liberal wing to remain one-third of the Court if Mr Biden appoints a leftist judge – just two votes from the decision-making power. And given Chief Justice John Roberts’ history of liberal rulings, he is, in fact, already closer to that threshold. For the record, the oft-used media description of the court as a “6-3 Conservative majority” is a misnomer. The first, as mentioned, is the John Roberts factor. Second, Clarence Thomas, at almost 74, is no spring chicken. That certainly doesn’t mean he couldn’t serve another 20 years, but that would be against the actuarial tables. Therefore, in the blink of an eye, the court could easily go from “conservative” to a left-wing bench.
To be clear, it’s not “blame for blame’s sake”. Rather the opposite. It’s the hard truth and hopefully a lesson for both parties that it’s not just what you do, but how you do it. For the right, the best way forward is to embrace the conservative ideals that built America, but reject the errant messengers who harm the cause with offensive personalities and childish petulance. In this particular case, it should be clear that the man who is now advocating for clemency — should he be re-elected — for some Jan. 6 felons, and wondering why then-Vice President Mike Pence didn’t didn’t reject the 2020 electoral college results, isn’t the guy to watch.
Ironically, this column was originally intended to provide commentary on why picking a candidate based on gender and skin color is wrong. But in retrospect, it doesn’t matter what we think about it, because the winner goes the spoils, and Joe Biden, as the rightfully elected president, is delivering on his cursory campaign promise to do just that.
Disqualifying huge swaths of people for not possessing the “desired” appearance is both racist and contrary to American ideals of equality and merit, which are destroying the Democratic Party more every day. But Joe Biden has made his bed, and now he has to lie in it. The proof of his unpopular decision is in the pudding, as 3 in 4 Americans disapprove of playing the ethnic card with Supreme Court nominations and only 1 in 3 approve of his job performance. In the short term, he and his party will almost certainly lose big in the election, but in the long term, Mr. Biden will likely have managed to keep the liberal wing of the court intact.
Far more than any other branch of government, the judiciary has an impact that is most lasting – for better or for worse. Since charting America’s course for future generations is in the hands of the Supreme Court and future vacancies may not be that far off, Republicans would be wise to learn from history in order to not to be doomed to repeat the mistakes of their past.
Chris Freind is a freelance columnist and commentator whose column appears every Wednesday. He can be reached at CF@FFZMedia.com Follow him on Twitter @chrisfreind.