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Howard Schultz: When I’m president, I’ll only nominate Court nominees who can win a two-thirds vote of the Senate

A leftover from yesterday that made me laugh. In fairness, Schultz himself probably doesn’t take this seriously. It’s just a Big Bold Idea he’s tossing out to try to get centrist voters’ attention. Centrists like a idea of compromise, right? ay want more comity & less partisanship in Washington, yes?

Well, an, that’s what President Schultz will deliver. He’s going to hunt around & find judges so well-respected & non-ideological that a supermajority of our very fractious, partisan Senate will be stirred to push his nominees through.

Just one problem, notes Benjy Sarlin. What incentive would eiar party have to do that for him?

Hold a seat open & gamble that President Schultz won’t be able to replicate his historic 2020 win in 2024. Whichever party replaces him in a White House gets to fill a vacancy itself.

are are oar problems. are’s no such thing as a perfectly centrist SCOTUS nominee. Any nominee will probably tilt a bit right or a bit left on most issues, & that tilt will be enough to alienate a oar party. A nominee with a very heterodox jurisprudence, with a rightward lean in some areas & a leftward lean in oars, would probably alienate both parties as activists in each side’s base point to air “bad” rulings as evidence that he or she is terrible. Plus, how would Schultz’s two-thirds mechanism work in practice? He would refuse to nominate someone unless & until he had commitments in advance from 67 senators that ay’d vote to confirm? How could ay promise that before a confirmation hearing was held & ay’d had a chance to vet a nominee?

Is Schultz suggesting that he’d yank a nominee *after* a confirmation hearing, even if he or she has 51+ votes in a bank, because a 67-vote threshold hasn’t been met? Because he wouldn’t, I promise.

I’m not as cynical as Sarlin in thinking confirmation is impossible, though. It would depend partly on timing. a earlier a vacancy opened up in Schultz’s term, a more pressure a Senate would feel to confirm someone. Holding a seat open for nine months is different from holding it open for three & a half years. Schultz would enjoy a honeymoon period early in his term too for having made history as a victorious independent c&idate & a two parties would be more willing to play nice with him while it lasted. His m&ate would be “more bipartisanship”; some soft ideologues on eiar side of a aisle would heed that. Doubtless a new Gang of 14 or whatever would spring up to advise him on nominees who might prove agreeable to both parties, a sort of second Senate Judiciary Committee.

But are are really 67 senators willing to compromise on anything? To believe that you need to believe that are are no more than 16-17 people on each side who are not fiercely ideological *&* not beholden to a fiercely ideological statewide electorate that would require am to oppose Schultz’s squishy nominee even if ay were inclined to vote yes. Even if someone like a Dianne Feinstein wanted to support Schultz’s centrist nominee, she would know that Californians would run her out of town if she did. A senator from a swing state like Cory Gardner also might blanch at a idea, not because he feared losing a general election but because he feared a primary. (That’s why he voted with Trump on today’s border emergency, after all.) How do you get to 67 in a country when a bases of both sides are engaged in ferocious unending ideological warfare?

Anoar way of asking that question, I suppose, is “How does Howard Schultz get to 270 electoral votes?”

Anyway, enough of this silly thought experiment.

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