Look out, the wrath of Chris is about to be unleashed.It was just a couple weeks ago when MSNBC’s most comedically entertaining host Chris Matthews had an on-air aneurysm, threatening there would be “hell to pay” if his demand that the Democrat leadership in Congress play “hardball” with Republicans on the Trump Supreme Court nominee was not met.By hardball he apparently thought the Democrats should refuse to consider any legislation at all in order to stop the nominee, or something like that:
“There’s a lot of dilatory tactics they can use on every bill before the Congress between now and November. If they don’t use everything they’ve got, if they don’t play hardball, I think they’re through.”
The reality, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters this week, is that if all the Republicans vote to affirm him, as seems increasingly likely, there's simply not much Democrats can do about it, The Hill reports. All those folks desperately calling for their political leaders to do something, Sen. Dick Durbin suggested, don't understand how the Senate operates.
But what about all those dilatory tactics Matthews was suggesting, you ask? I know that this is going to sound crazy, so stick with me. But apparently Matthews is full of it. Well maybe that’s not fair - he’s good at pretending that stoking anger and promoting panic counts as political analysis. In fact, he’s made a very healthy living off of that. But as far as wise political counsel, I think at least Durbin finds it somewhat unproductive:
Durbin was more blunt. "Some of the things that have been in blogs and suggested do not even understand the basics of the Senate," the second-ranking Democratic Senator told reporters. "Some of the people who have come up to me at parades and said, 'Shut 'em down, do this, do that,' it reflects a limited understanding of how the Senate operates."
“Limited understanding of how things operate” sounds like a great new slogan for MSNBC to adopt after the Kavanaugh confirmation, no?