Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Tim Kaine: Democrats will nuke the filibuster to fill Supreme Court
In a presidential year where the two individuals representing the Democrat and Republican parties are equally reprehensible, many of my readers and listeners are still unsure about what to do when it comes to casting their vote for president.
Those who know me know that I am #NeverTrump and #NeverHillary, which means that my vote will be going to one of the twenty other choices I have in the state where I live–I thought the Trumpettes said this was a binary election–and, most importantly, I will vote down ballot as well. The magnitude of voting down ballot cannot be overstated, because the real difference-makers after November won’t be in the White House, they will be in Congress, state legislatures, and local government.
When it comes to Congress, consider this: contrary to the intentions of the Founding Fathers, many of our Constitutional rights–freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and the right to bear arms for example–could either be saved or overturned by the Supreme Court. This means that the party in charge of the Senate will determine the outcome of these matters, not the party occupying the White House. If Democrats seize control of the Senate, they will rubber stamp Hillary’s nominees; or deny Trump’s if he should win.