Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans have no remaining power. None. They’re just using procedural moves to slow things down a bit here and there, so you’ll think they’re somehow still in control. They’re trying to mess with you, so you’ll get discouraged. Don’t fall for their head games. We’re (obviously) winning.
The reality is that the Senate is a deliberating body, and therefore by definition, it moves at the speed of mud even on a good day. The fact that these procedural moves are playing out slowly? It doesn’t mean that the Republicans are somehow magically winning, or that Chuck Schumer isn’t up to the task, or that Senate Democrats aren’t fighting hard enough. That’s all gibberish talk, coming from people who have no idea how anything works. It’s also rather harmful talk.
Keep in mind that Senate Republicans are creating these minor delays here and there because they’re trying to make you think the Senate Democrats somehow aren’t up to the task, in the hope you’ll begin mistakenly attacking your own leaders, which will weaken their position. If you choose to fall for this, and you start mistakenly attacking Senate Democrats over it, then you’re working for Mitch McConnell whether you realize it or not. I know the last thing any of you want to do is help McConnell, so don’t take his bait.
And for those asking, Biden’s Attorney General Merrick Garland will be confirmed soon enough. You’re well within your rights to be angry at Senate Republicans for using procedural delays to stall Garland a bit – particularly after what they’ve done to Garland in the past – but it won’t change anything in the big picture. He’ll soon be confirmed, just as Mayorkas was confirmed for DHS today. Senate Republicans don’t have a magic wand. They didn’t when they were the majority, and they certainly don’t now. They actually have no power at all, other than minor delays, and whining.
This isn’t a time to get frustrated over minor non-issues. If you want to focus on something, consider that within X number of days, Merrick Garland will in fact be confirmed. At that point he’ll be able to instruct the Department of Justice to begin carrying out actual justice for the first time in years – and there is literally nothing the Republicans can do to stop that from soon happening.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report