Eugene Robinson on SCOTUS: Dems Cannot Win It, But They Have to Wage This Nomination Fight


Morning Joe Friday discussed the upcoming nomination and confirmation battles to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by Justice Anthony Kennedy. Associate editor at The Washington Post Eugene Robinson and senior writer at Politico Jake Sherman both made the point that Democrats have a futile fight ahead.

Host Joe Scarborough turned first to Eugene Robinson, saying that there is a “lose lose situation” for Democrats in red states, who could lose their election if they vote against a Trump nominee, but can barely stay in the party if they vote with Trump because of how important it is to the base.

Robinson said the base “is in no mood to sort of roll over on this nomination.”

“You know, let’s be real. Donald Trump will get to make this nomination, whether before the election or after the election. It will be somebody most Democrats don’t want and don’t like. In that sense the Democratic Party is going to lose this fight,” said Robinson. “But they have to wage this fight, I think. And the base will not settle for not having a fight.”

Robinson’s argument was simple; in order to satisfy the liberal base, Democrats in office have to put on a resistance against Trump and his nominees, even though it can’t succeed, or the base will abandon them.

Jake Sherman took the argument one further step, arguing that not only do the Democrats need to show they are opposing Trump’s nominee, they have to do it on ideological grounds, as opposed to merely political.

“In order to make this a salient issue they cannot talk about it being unfair for McConnell, as good of an argument as it might be, that it’s unfair to give this nominee hearing when he didn’t give Merritt Garland a hearing back in 2015,” said Sherman. “What Democrats are saying is we need to focus on the fact that this justice is going to, in their estimation, roll back rights for abortion. They’re going — this nominee is going to presumably roll back health care rights. They need to make a salient political argument, they think, that doesn’t have to do with process.”

Echoing a point that Scarborough made on Thursday, Sherman notes that the “the Supreme Court has been, for many many years, a massive issue for Republicans, and for Republican turnout. It has not been the same sort of galvanizing issue for Democrats.”

“They think this time they can make this an argument that will energize the democratic base,” he says.

Watch the clip above, courtesy of MSNBC.

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