Friday, June 29, 2018


Charlie Pierce doesn't think we should talk about Mitch McConnell and Merrick Garland:

Yastreblyansky agrees:
I think Mr. P. is absolutely right on this one. There's nothing dumber or more self-defeating than "Well it was totally wrong and illegitimate when McConnell refused to allow a vote or even a hearing on Merrick Garland so now I want to do the same thing." There's nothing better, or at least nothing better available, than explaining in detail that Trump can't be trusted, and I mean seriously: I mean he will try to get a nominee who will be personally loyal to him, the way he tried to work Comey (and fired him when it didn't work out).
Their preferred arguments are good, and I'm in favor of using them -- but why not talk about the McConnell delay? It has the potential to be made into a meme.

President Obama announced Merrick Garland's nomination on March 16, 2016. The first hearing for Neil Gorsuch took place on March 20, 2017 -- 369 days later.

There's your meme: #369days. Chant it. Hashtag it. Make it a slogan and a logo.

If enough people use shout this, put it on signs, and add it to social media posts, the public will grasp it, because it's simple and memorable. The new nominee's confirmation process is being rushed. Why were #369days appropriate the last time?

Will it work? Probably not. Probably nothing will. But try everything.

And if your argument is that this will hold Democrats to the same standard the next time they get a pick, the obvious answer is: McConnell and the Republicans don't feel that way now, do they?

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