It was interesting to see a Republican senator (Jeff Flake) join and speak in support of a bi-partisan deal to protect the Mueller investigation from Trump and the his new AG who might scuttle it. Amidst the Trump supporters in Congress, I know that some moderate GOP lawmakers like Flake are appalled by Trump. Or at least they are thinking of their future careers after we leave the Trump zone.
Speaking of bi-partisan actions by senators….You remember the big Kavanaugh hearing? When the left was rightfully tearing their hair out because Kav is so conservative that abortion rights and much else the left holds dear are now in peril? Well, right after Kavanaugh’s confirmation, Democratic Senator from NY Chuck Schumer made a bi-partisan agreement. He brokered a deal to fast-track 15 of Trump’s district and circuit court judges. Please note that most of these appointees are in their 40s and 50s and like Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, these Judes are lifetime appointments, spread all over the country.
And what did Dems get in return for giving into Trump with these judges? Leaving trans people alone? Allotting some money for green jobs? Moving towards cheaper drugs–which Trump even campaigned on? No, Democrats got this: they got to go home. Some #resistance. More like the #assistance to Trump. The president isn’t the only one we need to look out for. It’s spineless Dems like good ol’ Chuck. Progressives howled over this fast-tracking, but they don’t make it onto the news that often.
The Hill: A week before hearings begin, dozens of Senate Democrats have yet to publicly oppose Kavanaugh. Not only has Schumer lagged in unifying his caucus in opposition, he’s cutting deals with Mitch McConnell to fast-track Trump’s judicial appointees, helping Trump shape a right-wing judiciary for a generation,” said MoveOn.org executive director Anna Galland.
“We don’t need Democrats cutting deals to help Trump and the Republican agenda. We need them—and Schumer—fighting with the rest of us to protect our rights, our democracy and our lives,” she added.
Brian Fallon, the executive director of Demand Justice, a group leading opposition to Kavanaugh’s nomination, said an extra few days on the campaign trail isn’t worth the impact on the federal judiciary.
“Trading this many lifetime positions away for a couple days back home in the dead of August is a metaphor for how myopic the Democrats’ approach has been at this dark moment in history,” he said in a statement.
“An entire branch of government is being lost for generations and Senate Democrats are willfully blind to it. In the coming months and years, these same Democrats will issue outraged statements about the rulings issued by the very judges that they could not be bothered to try to slow down. It is pathetic,” he added.