Filibuster Ave Atque Vale
Judging by the breathless interviews given on the endless news cycle on television, the U.S. Senate is in imminent danger of causing the end of the world as we know it. The action that would cause this, depending on the person propagandizing at that particular moment, is either 1.) Making a deal to preserve the filibuster by reaching an agreement to confirm Judge Gorsuch this time and then agreeing to only confirm a nominee acceptable to Democrats the next time around in order to prevent changing the balance of the Supreme Court; or 2.) Abolishing the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees.
Chicken Little couldn’t hold a candle to the dire tone embraced by the many Democrats claiming that abolishing the filibuster will cause the end of the Senate as a deliberative body.
Well, in case no one has noticed, deliberation (defined as long and careful consideration or discussion) in the U.S. Senate has been dead for some time now. No matter who one chooses to blame, it is painfully clear that neither Democrat nor Republican will talk with the other. In fact, it is rapidly becoming increasingly apparent that neither Democrats nor Republicans will talk to themselves either.
So, what to do? The Wall Street Journal offered an editorial (subscription required) yesterday which sums it up quite nicely:
Mr. Schumer’s filibuster carries some risk for Democrats, at least if the GOP follows through and confirms the judge. Once the rules are changed, the 51-vote confirmation standard will prevail for other nominees during this Congress. Democrats will have played their strongest political card in a losing hand against a judge who is likely to have unanimous GOP support.
Republicans should call Mr. Schumer’s bluff and confirm Judge Gorsuch to honor their campaign promises, to defeat the implacable left, and above all for the good of the Court and the original meaning of the Constitution.
Perhaps, after that, the children will start talking to each other again.
I don’t hold out a lot of hope.