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Saturday afternoon, a pundit was asked if this 7-day investigation will lead to greater harmony in the Senate, especially within the Senate Judiciary Committee. That question seemed utterly foolish to me.

For years, Republicans were accused of being unwilling to compromise. It was said that compromise had become “a 4-letter word” with Republicans. That myth was exploded with the #SchumerShutdown. President Trump offered Democrats a totally reasonable compromise, where they’d get permanent protection for DACA recipients in exchange for voting for fully funding President Trump’s wall.

Instead of accepting that compromise, Sen. Schumer shut down the government. Within 3 days, Democrats had sent signals that they were taking a PR beating and were willing to partially surrender. Democrats still haven’t funded the wall but they caved on military spending pretty quickly.

Let’s be honest about something. As long as Democrats like Dick Durbin, Richard Blumenthal, Amy Klobuchar, Tina Smith, Chuck Schumer, ‘Spartacus’ Booker, Pocahontas Warren and Bernie Sanders inhabit the Senate, compromise will remain a dirty word with Democrats. It’s that simple.

These aren’t reasonable people. If they were reasonable, a healthy portion of them would’ve voted for the tax cuts that has the economy running like gangbusters. If these Democrats were reasonable, a few would’ve announced that they’re voting to confirm either Justice Gorsuch or Judge Kavanaugh. Neither of those things has happened. Democrats are in full resist and obstruct mode. They’ve been that way since President Trump’s inauguration.

Democrats boycotted President Trump’s inauguration. In fact, a handful of Democrats started calling for President Trump’s impeachment before his inauguration. Which of the Democrats’ actions sound like the actions of reasonable people?

When President Trump tried negotiating with Sen. Schumer on DACA, the compromise was simple. Rather than protecting DACA recipients, Democrats shut down the government.

Then there’s this:

Democrats aren’t interested in compromising. They’re interested in resisting at all costs. The #SchumerShutdown is proof of that. If you want government that functions and actually fixes things, you’d better vote for a straight Republican ticket because Democrats have shown they aren’t interested in fixing things.

Al Franken’s USA Today op-ed is proof that he’s either a constitutional idiot or a total hypocrite. Franken’s op-ed starts by saying “The nomination and confirmation of a Supreme Court justice is supposed to be a grave and solemn exercise of carefully apportioned constitutional powers. These Justices, granted lifetime terms in order to insulate them from political considerations, must be exemplars of sound judgment, even temperament and, above all else, impartiality.”

Then he continues, saying “I know this because I keep hearing Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee say this stuff. But having served alongside them for three Supreme Court confirmations — and now watching Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation process unfold — I have to say, I don’t think they really mean it.”

Coming from the disgraced former senator that couldn’t keep his hands off a sleeping woman’s breasts and the senator who questioned a Supreme Court nominee about his recollection of an episode of Perry Mason, that’s quite a joke:

Let’s get serious for a moment. First, the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee didn’t pretend to care about judicial philosophies or judicial temperament. One Democrat tried re-enacting a scene from a classic movie even though he’d gotten permission the night before to use the material. Some commentators, including one from CNN, hinted that Sen. Booker’s stunt was the first speech of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary.

In other words, Sen. Grabby Hands, spare me the diatribe about how Republicans don’t take Supreme Court confirmation hearings seriously. That’s your opinion. We have verifiable proof that Democrats don’t take these hearings seriously.

Put differently, shut up and go away. Forever.

Cory Booker didn’t testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearing yesterday. In article after article, TV segment after TV segment, pundits and announcers insisted that Sen. Booker testified. This article is one such article that fits that description.

Caitlin Huey-Burns wrote that “one could almost mark January 11, 2017 as the day the 2020 presidential race began: That was the day New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker took the unprecedented opportunity to testify against colleague Jeff Sessions, Trump’s choice for attorney general.”

I watched parts of Sen. Booker’s performance. I couldn’t watch all of it because it was a lightweight’s performance masquerading as a hit job. His emotions appeared contrived or manufactured. His sincerity was totally missing. He didn’t add anything substantive to the confirmation hearing. Mostly, it was an appeal to be the next identity politics warrior for the Democratic Party. (As though they don’t have enough of those already.)

Putting it bluntly, Sen. Booker is superficial and a lightweight. Watch for yourself:

Then there’s this:

But as they settle into life in the minority in Washington, Democrats have the opportunity “to test-drive the opposition,” says Democratic strategist Jesse Ferguson. “We don’t have to accept the course of the next four years as a foregone conclusion.”

Still, Ferguson cautions that the trick is to oppose Trump’s agenda because “it is the wrong direction for the country, not … merely for the sake of obstructing.”

Thus far, they’re looking like mean-spirited obstructionists. If they continue with that tactic, it won’t be long before they’ll have to accept the course of the next four years as a foregone conclusion. After 2018, the Democratic Party will be reduced to rubble in the Senate. They’re already rubble in the House. If the Democratic Party doesn’t figure out what the voters told them this election, they’ll be in the wilderness an additional decade. That’s certainly the direction they’re heading.

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