And though acknowledging it is unlikely to inspire them to move consistently towards such conduct as opposed to their standard behavior of pushing a left-wing agenda, it is still rather refreshing to see the proverbial blind squirrel find his nut.
That’s precisely what occurred on Sunday’s Meet the Press where the comical Chuck Todd hosted both the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to talk about the Supreme Court.
Unsurprisingly, Todd was right at home hammering McConnell on the “regretful” way that Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland was treated by Republicans. McConnell stood his ground saying that the Garland issue was “litigated last year” prior to the election. And he’s right. If the American people were appalled at the way the Garland nomination was handled, they would have said so in the election. They didn’t.
This led Todd to move on to whining that Republicans were considering using the so-called “nuclear option” to end the promised Democrat filibuster of current Trump appointee Neil Gorsuch. McConnell batted this attack down as well, pointing out the filibustering Supreme Court nominees was a modern creation of Democrats in the Senate, and that the nuclear option was also invented by the Democrats a few years ago. In other words, if Todd doesn’t like what is happening, he should be asking Chuck Schumer about it and not him.
He first badgered Schumer over why Gorsuch shouldn’t be given an up-or-down vote. Schumer never answered the question, instead demanding that, “When a nominee doesn’t get 60 votes, you shouldn’t change the rules, you should change the nominee.” With outward signs that he even recognized his own pomposity, Schumer pressed that it was incumbent upon Republicans to withdraw Gorsuch and “sit down and work with” Democrats to produce a “mainstream nominee.”
The Democrat-to-English dictionary defines “mainstream” as “liberal.”
To his credit, Todd actually played the part of a serious journalist and scoffed at the notion Republicans needed to sit down and work with Democrats. Noting that it was Democrats who first used the nuclear option to force through their own court nominees without 60 votes, he asked Schumer, “Then why did you change the rules in the first place?”
Schumer, of course, had no answer because there is no answer outside of the partisan double standard Democrats like him live by daily. The only unique part this time is that usually they get to live by it without any of their media allies pointing it out.
Kudos to Chuck Todd for doing his job on Sunday.