After a plea, frustration boiling on the left – Oneida Dispatch

One of the themes of Washington’s Democratic control has been frustration, especially among the party’s progressive wing and its cheerleaders in the media, that Democrats have not been able to deliver on their agenda. progressive dream of the 2020 campaign. Dreams such as nationalizing the election administration in a way favorable to Democratic candidates, racing the Supreme Court and clearing the filibuster of the Senate.

Now, after Wednesday’s abortion arguments in the Supreme Court, that frustration is mounting. The court has a 6-3 Republicans nominated majority that could overthrow Roe v. Wade. How, some Democrats ask, could this have happened?

Republicans might say it’s not that hard. In 2016, after the death of Judge Antonin Scalia, the election year, the GOP Senate majority rejected President Barack Obama’s court candidate. Then, against the expectations of the entire political class, Donald Trump won the presidency. With a Republican Senate, Trump occupied Scalia’s seat. Then, still with Trump in the White House and a Republican Senate, Judge Anthony Kennedy retired. And then, still with Trump in the White House and a Republican Senate, Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away. Trump and the GOP Senate filled the seats. This is how it works.

But Democrats see a crisis, which is now playing out in the abortion case. “This week’s Supreme Court argument over abortion has accelerated the urgency among Senate Democrats to fundamentally change the way the court operates,” The Washington Post reported last week, “fueled in part by the lingering anger at Republican confirmation maneuvers that have led to three new Tory judges in the past four years.

The thought of these Democrats is that if the court does something that they oppose, it has become “partisan”. Now they must intervene to make it less “partisan”.

“It’s hard to watch [the abortion argument] and not to conclude that the tribunal has become a partisan institution, ”Democratic Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii told The Post.

“Yesterday we saw that the tribunal is politicized,” Democratic Senator Tina Smith of Minnesota said.

“We need to think about ways to depoliticize the courts,” Democratic Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut said. “And one of the ways to do that is to make sure that no president intrudes on the bench.”

Media allies have intervened to argue that the tribunal is an undemocratic institution. The Washington Post’s Philip Bump called Trump’s three candidates – Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Barrett – a “third-minority” on the Supreme Court. “The three [were] appointed by a president who lost the popular vote and confirmed by senators representing less of the country’s population and who received fewer cumulative votes than those who opposed the nominations, ”Bump wrote. In the words of another Washington Post opinion writer, “The Supreme Court faces an existential crisis of legitimacy.”

The arguments were made by others all over the internet and in cable news – and even, surprisingly, inside the court itself, when during the abortion argument Judge Sonia Sotomayor said : “Will this institution survive the stench that this creates in the public’s perception that the Constitution and its reading are only political acts?”

The idea for Progressive Democrats is to undermine the legitimacy of everything the current Supreme Court does and then argue that the court needs “reform” in the form of more members appointed by the Supreme Court. a Democratic president.

Democrats have certainly had some bad luck lately when it comes to the Supreme Court. If Scalia had passed away a year earlier, or if Ginsburg had passed away a few months later, things might have been much different for the party, and some of its lawmakers might not support the explosion in court today.

When it comes to the power to blow up the tribunal, it should be noted that Democrats do not control the majority of Senate seats – it’s tied, 50-50, meaning the party depends on Vice President Kamala. Harris to break any tie. It’s not the kind of majority that can build muscle through a huge change on the pitch. And that has, of course, led some of those same Democrats to urge rid of the legislative filibuster, whereby Republicans (and some in their own party as well) can prevent them from racing in court. Progressives are eager to fundamentally change the Supreme Court on the basis of a broken 50-50 vote in favor of Democrats by the vice president.

But that doesn’t seem likely to happen either. So the frustration mounts. Of course, progressives want to change the world to their liking, but maybe part of the current frustration is due to the

The so tenuous hold of the ruling Democratic Party in Washington. They have a majority of votes in the House, no majority in the Senate, and a president whose advanced age has already given rise to his non-re-election. And, one way or another, progressives see this as a power base from which to remake the country. Of course, they are frustrated.

(Byron York is the Washington Examiner’s chief political correspondent.)

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