What Can Democrats Do? – By Ryan Bort (Rolling Stone) / Sept 23 2020
It’s time for Democrats to start working the system the way Republicans have for years
Senate Republicans appear to have the votes.
Though they preached four years ago about how confirming a Supreme Court justice in an election year would be a slap in the face to the American people, enough of President Trump’s henchmen in the Senate have changed their minds to all but guarantee a new conservative justice will join the court — even though the 2020 election is already in progress.
The move is a cold exercise of raw political power, and an affirmation of the president’s contention on Monday that if you control the Senate “you can do what you want.”
Meanwhile, Democrats are crying about hypocrisy and the subversion of norms and everything else that has left them aghast since Trump took office. But with the GOP now sitting on the precipice of remaking the country in a way that could be practically irreversible, the time for moralizing is over. The system is deeply flawed. It’s time to accept this and start leveraging these flaws the way Republicans have for years. If Democrats remain unwilling to do this, the idea of democracy could very well slip into history — replaced by a country where an organized minority rules and the votes of the majority are ignored.