A Pivotal Moment for Senate Democrats

This week (even with the potential for a Supreme Court nomination as soon as Monday), Senate Democrats will face a pivotal choice: will they work their remaining levers of power to protest President Trump’s policies and power? Even without a filibuster for nominations, Senate Democrats can withhold unanimous consent, demand 30 hours of debate per nomination, etc.

The question is if there is any strategic reason for Senate Democrats to hold back. For example, they might be more selective if they think by doing so they can get some cooperation from Senator McCain and others.

On the other hand, with all of the street protests the last two weekends, Senate Democrats risk their base’s support by doing nothing.

Throw into the mix the upcoming Supreme Court nomination, which could get colored by the refugee order and rule of law issues, and it should be a key week.


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