It really feels like we could take just any random person off the street, and they'd still make a better president.
"You've only had four hours sleep in the past three days and are actively bleeding from the head? Fuck it, put your hand on the bible and repeat after me."
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I just heard Colorado senator Michael Bennet on the radio saying that his fellow Democrats shouldn't have filibustered, because next time Trump can nominate an extremist and get him confirmed with a simple majority. Given that that is the exact thing that just happened, it is unclear how Bennet thinks that voting for cloture would have prevented it from happening with a hypothetical future Trump nominee.
I think the Dems made the right call on this one; the filibuster was as good as dead no matter what they did, and at least this way they showed some backbone for a change.
Perception is important. Most people don't really follow Supreme Court nominations closely, but there's a larger narrative at work here. The more Democrats can reinforce the narrative that they're opposing Trump and the Republicans are giving him everything he wants, the better they stand to do in 2018 and 2020.
The most politically foolish move the Democrats could make right now would be to back Trump; it would send the signal to Trump supporters and people on the fence that he's a consensus leader, and it would send the signal to Trump opponents that the Democrats don't have their back and aren't willing to protect them from him.
Of course, at this point it's almost surprising that "the most politically foolish move the Democrats could make" is not the one they chose to make.