Mollineau — Delaying a SCOTUS showdown a better strategic move for Democrats

April 5, 2017
The Hill Newspaper


Last week, I ran into an old friend who is also a prominent leader in the progressive community. In reference to the impending Supreme Court filibuster she asked me whether “We are going to win this thing.” To which I replied, it depends on your definition of winning.

I find that conversation and the quote from Moneyball on my mind as the Senate heads towards invoking nuclear option, because for the life of me I don’t see a win for Senate Democrats or the American people if a filibuster of Neil Gorsuch results in the changing of the Senate rules.I empathize with my fellow Democrats who view Gorsuch as unacceptable and believe we were robbed of Merrick Garland’s confirmation. Further, I believe Senate Republicans are mostly to blame for the unraveling of Senate decorum. However, I wasn’t a fan of the steps taken by my former boss, then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), in 2013 to stop filibusters on presidential appointments and lower court judges (even if I understood the reasons), precisely because of what may occur this Friday. You can’t un-ring that bell.

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