Democrats blocking President Trump’s next choice for the Supreme Court would be a further step in degrading America’s norms of following the rule of law, suggests Jonathan S. Thompson. It would also be a losing battle, as they are highly unlikely to get members of the GOP to go against Trump’s candidate. Too much of the Democrats’ agenda is based on antipathy towards the president. While some have accused him of undoing the precedent of law, his Supreme Court decisions have been very reasonable. Fighting the Republicans over Trump’s candidate would likely disillusion Democrats’ base and hurt their midterm results.
The Democratic party has good reasons and a viable strategy in blocking President Trump’s Supreme Court candidate from being appointed, infers John Nichols of The Nation. By convincing one Republican senator to vote against the nominee and uniting all 49 Democratic votes, Trump’s appointment wouldn’t go through. This would prevent the GOP from installing an ideologue who will further their mission of giving corporations more power and lessening civil liberties and rights. Democrats should stand against this, particularly concerning abortion rights, which could be revoked under a conservative majority in the Supreme Court.