This, from @DavidAFrench, is quite possibly one of the most ridiculous things I have ever heard.
time.com/5891217/ginsbu…
The Democrats were already threatening to expand the Court, admit new states, retool the Senate, and dump the EC 𝘣𝘦𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘦 RBG passed. Why in the hell would we take them seriously in some Frenchian compromise, then?
After Kavanaugh, what could possibly possess @DavidAFrench to think that they will play fair?
He says this isn't "unilateral disarmament." It sure sounds like it to me.

It also sounds like "peace in our time."
French assures us that after Bork, after Thomas, after Estrada, and after Kavanaugh we can really trust the Democrats to deescalate this time.

I'm sure if this gets his attention he'll just handwave about how he's been on the front lines of these fights for decades.
Y'know what?
If you're done fighting to place actual principled conservative jurists on SCOTUS, then stay out of this one.
If you've reached the point where you're unwilling to fight the political battles after the Dems have proven repeatedly to be underhanded opponents, step off the line.
@DavidAFrench likes to point out that conservatives have had many more victories than we would like to admit over the last three decades.
I agree with that in many ways.
Where we part ways, apparently, is the temperamental fashion with which we should approach this one specific issue. Republicans have been magnanimous over and over since the Bork hearings. Our senators have repeatedly voted for Democratic nominees.
The Democrats have repeatedly responded by treating our nominees like trash. 𝘔𝘪𝘨𝘶𝘦𝘭 𝘌𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘥𝘢'𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘧𝘦 𝘥𝘪𝘦𝘥 because of what they put that family through. Chuck Schumer was vowing to block Bush SCOTUS nominees in 2007, for goodness sake.
And then Sotomayor and Kagan are both approved with Republican votes.
After 2014, Republicans finally decide to play hardball and suddenly it's completely unacceptable. They do so again in 2016 with the Garland nomination (may he rest in peace) and it's the end of the world.
Then came Kavanaugh.

Enough, @DavidAFrench.

Do you not get it by now?

We. Have. Had. 𝘌𝘯𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩.
Yes, the court has given us victory after victory in some spheres. And yet Democrats treat it like it's their goddamned birthright, like it was predestined to be ideologically balanced (or skewed left). That is such ahistorical bullshit and you should know it.
This is just how the system works (cc:@redsteeze).
Conservatives worked for decades to secure a real majority on the Court, with Republican presidents often nominating more moderate judges just so the Democrats wouldn't throw a conniption fit.
Does this sound like a situation where we've been the unreasonable ones? Ask yourself, when was the last time that a Democrat president nominated a moderate on abortion in order to appease conservatives?
When?
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I'll wait...
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We have spent 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘳𝘵𝘺-𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘦𝘦 years getting to this point. The fight was inevitable, and I think the biggest reason that the Dems throw a five-year-old's shit-fit every time we push a little is that we have taught them this is acceptable through our polite acquiescence.
Because we have allowed them to behave as though seats on the Court are to be progressive by default and that conservatives are only to be tolerated in small doses, we have created this situation.
The reckoning is due.
Stop internalizing what the Democrats tell you is acceptable about the structure of the Court. There is nothing wrong about our having a 6-3 majority. The goal should be 9-0.
Stop behaving as though their complaints about our judicial philosophy have special merit.
Most of all, stop bringing this spineless, appeasing attitude to fights over SCOTUS.

We've been magnanimous in our climb up the summit of judicial relevance. I'm sure we can be magnanimous after taking the high ground as well.

After.

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