NeverTrumper Steve Schmidt: Democrats “should be focused on one thing and one thing only. Delay. Make the majority move the calendar back for the first time. Even if it is for a day. The first day of delay is harder to come by than the second day.”
Between the debate and Trump going to the hospital after a positive coronavirus test, the Amy Coney Barrett Supreme Court nomination has been off the headlines.
But it’s certainly not forgotten. Democrats have been struggling to find a substantive line of attack that could derail the nomination. Here are some they have tried, none of which will go anywhere.
— The Hill (@thehill) October 2, 2020
— Elizabeth F.? (@underthesea62) October 1, 2020
Remember, Democrats don’t need to convince Democrats, they need to convince Republicans, and for that, there’s going to have to be a true bombshell.
Lacking substance, Democrats are invoking coronavirus, claiming it’s too dangerous to hold hearings or a floor vote. So far, Lindsey Graham and Mitch McConnell are not deviating from the timeline of a floor vote before the election.
Steve Schmidt, a Never-Trump ex-Republican who makes Rick Wilson and George Conway seem tame by comparison, says Democrats need to do whatever it takes to delay. Delay is the only hope, invoking in a Twitter thread the imagery of slowing down a train to rob it (emphasis added):
I spent a lot of time focused on thinking through how they
Could be derailed or stopped. The best way to think about this is to imagine the goal of trying to rob a safe full of gold on a train @1880. What is the first thing you have to do? Obviously, you have to get on the train and make it to the safe. Of course that means the
Train has to be slowed, stopped or derailed. Slowing the train by all procedural means has to be the Democratic strategy. The minority should be focused on one thing and one thing only. Delay. Make the majority move the calendar back for the first time. Even if it is for a day.
The first day of delay is harder to come by than the second day. Barrett has serious omissions on her disclosure forms that require the time for appropriate scrutiny. There is a crisis of lying and coverup around Covid, the President’s condition, the extent of exposure
and specifically GOP Senate exposure. The White House and Campaign are in chaos. Strike now. Delay delay delay
He really should have stopped after “I’m not an expert on the rules of the Senate” because the rest of this is some kind of fever dream fan fiction
Fun to throw in a train analogy for the other boomers who don’t know Senate procedure but loved Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid https://t.co/ZXgRKex5ym
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) October 4, 2020
Get it, give Democrats an inch, and they will demand another inch, and by then it’s a yard and we’re beyond November 3, and then it’s (possibly) a lame duck session and it will be easier for Democrats to peel off Republican votes.
So don’t give an inch.
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