The New York Times Editorial Board urged Democrats on Sunday to fight President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee by taking a page from the movie “The Godfather” and “go to the mattresses” to prevent the court from moving solidly to the right.
With Republicans controlling the Senate and the judicial filibuster dead, the Democrats’ odds of denying President Trump a second Supreme Court appointment are slim. Barring some unforeseen development, the president will lock in a 5-to-4 conservative majority, shifting the court solidly to the right for a generation.
This is all the more reason for Democrats and progressives to take a page from “The Godfather” and go to the mattresses on this issue. Because this battle is about more than a single seat on the nation’s highest court. With public attention focused on all that is at stake with this alignment, this is the moment for Democrats to drive home to voters the crucial role that the judiciary plays in shaping this nation, and why the courts should be a key voting concern in Every. Single. Election.
The Times wrote that it’s not only the Supreme Court picks that matter, but also the lower-court appointments, which, thanks to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, has allowed Trump to install a record number of federal appeals judges in his first year.
While the Times editorial board acknowledged that elections have consequences, they hope Democrats can rally their base to not only defeat whomever Trump nominates to the Supreme Court but also win back the Senate to block any nominations the president may make in the future.
The trillion-dollar question is whether Democrats can also use this battle to turn out their voters. This is not a given. If progressives wind up feeling as though their team didn’t fight fiercely enough against Mr. Trump’s nominee, they could be less inspired to show up at the polls. But even if Senate Democrats pull out all the stops, the political reality is that Republicans have been far more effective than Democrats at galvanizing their base around the judiciary.
The editorial ends with an admonition to the Democrats and a warning to the public as to what it calls Trump’s “warping of the judiciary”: