Revealed: The strategy behind the Dem Party ‘blue wave’

On Sept. 13, Senator Joe Biden held a rally in West Palm Beach, Florida, to urge Democrats to defeat President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. He lamented the fact that most Democrats don’t…

Revealed: The strategy behind the Dem Party 'blue wave'

On Sept. 13, Senator Joe Biden held a rally in West Palm Beach, Florida, to urge Democrats to defeat President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

He lamented the fact that most Democrats don’t have enough of a clue about social issues in general and President Trump in particular.

The Judiciary Committee is set to vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination on Sept. 20. His supporters predict a complete roll-over.

Among the president’s heroes is Senator Robert F. Kennedy. On Oct. 3, RFK’s seat on the Senate Judiciary Committee opened, and he was succeeded by Nelson Rockefeller, the Democratic governor of New York.

At the time, the Democrats held a 59-40 majority in the Senate. RFK’s addition would give them a filibuster-proof 61-38 majority.

The Kennedy seat was firmly entrenched in the Democratic column.

Unfortunately, a senator’s prerogative to determine who serves in his or her committee is limited.

A senior senator can select members of his or her committee, but the Senate rules allow him or her to select no more than eight from the list of his or her leaders, and the ranking member, selected by those leaders.

While that’s fair game in theory, it seldom happens in practice.

Instead, most senators cherry-pick committee members they want.

Senator Feinstein is a notable exception. She recommended that all Democrats list Roe v. Wade as the country’s single most pressing law-and-order issue and place it second on the list.

But there are no easy solutions to the problem of social issues. A senator named Harris was a prolific fundraiser for Democrats during her senatorial campaign for California’s first congressional district.

The Daily Caller reported that Harris raised $8.1 million, much of it in small, small contributions.

The donors included many individuals (none of whom, the Caller found, were white or male).

That sounds like a recipe for a hardball committee chairman.

Except that it’s not. Every party needs its leaders’ whip-sessions. Each committee leader or ranking member decides who serves. Each takes a points system.

Every time Democrats suffer a blowout, or lose an election, the leadership takes some for this. A recent editor’s note from The New York Times stated that a committee statement didn’t exist, so I looked up one on its website.

The Times reported that the proposed rules change “was meant to insulate all committee members from a procedural motion from conservatives that could filibuster their nominations or would stall their work.”

Since the committee has absolute power over which members are selected and how they vote, a team led by a prominent Democrat who backs progressive causes could have prevented the utter diabolical workings of Mitch McConnell.

So what was the team doing? Turning around and putting in a more conservative committee chairman, who never campaigned on abortion rights and couldn’t bring himself to speak out against the immigration executive order issued by President Trump.

The Democrats were much closer to losing 51-49 to what’s now called the “blue wave” of anti-Trump enthusiasm than they were to defeating “Make America Great Again.”

Democracy sounds great, except when Republicans eventually come around. Voters express their displeasure at political corruption and sloppy legislation, and so a majority changes party leadership.

The solution is short of wholesale change, and partial changes, and . . . well, maybe a chance for the Democratic Party to get away with the things Republicans get away with all the time.

Before Biden derided Democrats today, he should have congratulated them for running the most productive Congress in modern American history. They worked together on budgets and earmarks and tax and immigration reform.

Senators and their staff engaged in collaboration that the Founding Fathers never imagined, sometimes even embracing the same policies.

The work of Congress can’t be faulted, unless you don’t like the results. Biden’s problem is that he isn’t strong-arming the Senate to make it happen.

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