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(5,523 posts)
Sat Sep 19, 2020, 12:29 PM Sep 2020

My take on the best possible outcome

Yes, there are better possibilities than this, I just don't see them as overly likely.

Senate moderates , especially those up for election, say no appointments before inauguration. Turtles make poor shepherds, and he can't round up his flock.

we end up with 50 or 51 seats. Keep in mind 2016 showed us how much conservatives are willing to hold their nose and vote with a supreme court seat on the line. A seat up in the air will probably put Georgia and Iowa Senate pickups out of reach.

Now we have the lame duck session. Trump, Mitch, and others will be beating the drum to fill it. We will be adamant it should not be filled. The same Senate 'moderates' will wish this would go away.

A deal is cut for the pubs not to fill it in exchange for no court packing and a relatively moderate selection by President Biden. Keep in mind that our control of the Senate is likely to be extremely narrow so packing the court or a very progressive selection would be difficult to get past Manchin, Tester, and Cunningham as they have purple or red state voters to answer to. Garland comes to mind as a compromise candidate.

Sounds absurd? Keep in mind with a nearly exactly divided Senate, both parties will be placing their most vulnerable members in a difficult spot with any aggressive strategy or controversial selections.

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(54,770 posts)
1. I'd settle for that vs. screaming and yelling and still getting a trump nominee approved after Nov.
Sat Sep 19, 2020, 12:32 PM
Sep 2020

John Drake

(68 posts)
2. You seem to think that Senate "moderates", especially those up for election
Sat Sep 19, 2020, 12:35 PM
Sep 2020

Won't be under tremendous pressure from the right-wing extreme gop.

McConnell seems to have been able to keep them in line.

Remember Kavanaugh?


(964 posts)
3. My idea of karma would be ...
Sat Sep 19, 2020, 12:46 PM
Sep 2020

... Clarence Thomas is driving home with a tail light out. A policeman pulls him over and asks for his license. Clarence reaches in the back seat. The policeman thinks he is reaching for a weapon and shoots him. He is taken to the hospital and is on life support for a few months. Republicans clamor for him to be removed from life support before Biden’s inauguration, so Hair Fuhrer can ram through a new Justice. However, since the Dems win the Senate, the nomination goes nowhere.

Fiendish Thingy

(15,030 posts)
5. Cutting a deal is the worst possible outcome
Sat Sep 19, 2020, 01:17 PM
Sep 2020

I say resist and protest, but let McConnell proceed. If he fills RBG’s seat, it will guarantee Dems win control of the senate with 55+ seats, AND then we kill the filibuster, and expand SCOTUS to 15 seats, so Biden can appoint 6 young, new RBG’s to the court.

No deals with fascists.


(2,137 posts)
6. Agree
Sat Sep 19, 2020, 02:21 PM
Sep 2020

My family and I were saying the exact same thing this morning. The Republicans will overplay their hand, and be hoist on their own petard

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