On Tuesday morning, if Democrats had said to Republicans: “Hey, we’ll trade you a larger Republican majority in the Senate (say 4 to 5 seats instead of only one) for the House, I would have said: Take the deal.
What can Nancy Pelosi or another Democratic Speaker do for the next two years?
Hold investigations up the wazoo – and alienate half the nation while putting the other half to sleep?
Pass bills pushing the uber-socialist policies of their increasingly hard-left base– Medicare for all, guaranteed jobs?
Go to the border and hand out cookies and punch to arriving Hondurans?
Erect a statue to Ted Kennedy on Chappaquiddick Island?
But with a no-longer-razor-thin Republican majority in the Senate, the GOP can confirm Trump judges from here to Heitkamp – judges who’ll make Justice Kavanaugh look like Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
If the solid Republican majority in the Senate confirms Trump nominees in their early 50s, they’ll be on the bench decades after Pelosi is in the ground.
We can put up with two years of a Democratic House for that.
EDITOR’S NOTE – While everyone seems to place more importance on the House than on the Senate, there are a couple of key things to consider.
Yes, the House is responsible for originating any revenue generating legislation, Senate Republicans can effectively kill any socialistic Democrat budget and then you have to realize that Trump has that his veto to also stop it.
The Senate is responsible for ratifying or rejecting any international treaty, which is very important as Democrats have been pushing a number of United Nations’ treaties that are not only anti-constitutional and anti-American, but would give the one-world socialist United Nations sovereignty over America.
Additionally, House Democrats are already talking about brining impeachment charges against President Donald Trump, but it’s the Senate that has the duty to hold an impeachment trial.
If that were to happen, would enough Senate Republicans come to the defense of President Trump is a question on many minds.
The Senate is far more important than the House, which is why there are fewer Senators than Representatives and why Senators were given 6-year terms versus the 2-year terms for Representatives.
As pointed out above, the Senate is responsible for confirming all federal judges and other Trump Cabinet appointees.
The question here is how much longer can 85-year-old Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg and 80-year-old Justice Anthony Kennedy continue to serve on the Supreme Court?
This question came to the forefront last week when we learned that Ginsburg fell in her office and fractured 3 ribs.
She fell and fractured 2 ribs just a few years ago and she has had surgery to place a stent in her coronary artery.
If anything were to happen to Ginsburg and Kennedy while Trump was still in office and Republicans controlled the Senate that could mean that Trump would have the opportunity to put a total of 4 new conservatives on the Supreme Court.
Consider that Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Samuel Alito are both considered to be conservatives, that could mean that there would be 6 conservatives versus only 3 liberals on the Supreme Court.
This could reshape America for many years to come.
Yes, Trump’s judges will still be on the bench long after Nancy Pelosi and many other older Democrats are dead and buried. .
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