Exclusive: Sean Harshey says if Republicans were serious, they would have expanded high court
Democrats play to win, and take every advantage to lock in their power. We saw this in 2013 when then Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid ended the Senate tradition of a 60-vote requirement for presidential nominees. A move they came to regret – as promised by then Minority Leader Mitch McConnell – and portrayed themselves as victims when Republicans held the Senate majority and President Trump's three Supreme Court nominees were confirmed.
IIf Republicans were serious about using and preserving their power, they would have taken these threats by the left for massive changes, and countered those changes before the 2020 elections – when they could have been implemented on their own terms.
When Democrats began talk of packing the court when they came back into power, Republicans should have immediately taken them up on their offer to expand the Supreme Court and given President Trump several new SCOTUS seats to fill. When Democrats promised to end the filibuster when they regained power, Republicans should have taken the opportunity to end it themselves and push through every agenda item of the Trump administration. When Democrats and their media began calling for statehood for Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico – and the additional presumptive Senate seats Democrats would reap – Republicans should have taken them at their word and immediately begun initiatives to divide California, Colorado and other states into several new states, increasing GOP Senate seats from those large conservative areas in otherwise Democrat-controlled states. Anything Democrats loudly demanded should have been taken seriously and acted on accordingly.
The Republican establishment, though, is not serious. They do not play to win. They squandered their majorities, joining Democrats in attacking President Trump, believing the Russian collusion hoax, the Ukrainian phone call hoax, the Russian-bounty-on-U.S.-troops hoax and every other "outrage du jour," anonymously sourced conspiracy theory Democrats and major media could manufacture. Until the GOP establishment is purged or sufficiently marginalized, and replaced with candidates and officeholders committed to fighting to win with the same ferocity as Democrats, there will be no point in winning elections – which is another task that will become increasingly impossible if Democrats are successful in ramming through legislation taking elections away from the states and giving that control to the federal government.
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