The cable news pundits have spent a week wondering if red-state Democrats would be willing to support the Supreme Court nominee President Donald Trump puts forth. But Democratic strategist Paul Begala perfectly explained the flawed logic of any Democratic senator thinking of supporting the nominee.
During a conversation with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Begala said that it’s an “easy” decision and there is no question, any Democrat in a red-leading state or district should oppose whomever the nominee happens to be.
“Here’s why,” Begala began. “No Republican paid a price at all at the polls for opposing Merrick Garland, who was President [Barack] Obama’s moderate choice. A moderate nominee of a popular president, they opposed him in lockstep and nobody suffered.”
He explained that regardless of which person on the list Trump chooses, it will be a conservative choice and it’ll come from an unpopular president.
“So, you’re not going to gain a single vote supporting this nominee as a Democrat in a red state,” he continued. “If you do support it, you lose the Democrats. So, I think it’s actually an easy vote, not a difficult one. I’m glad they’re going — they should hear him out. I think terrific, the American way. But the politics are actually not hard for the red state Democrats.
In many red states, Democrats often believe that they have to persuade conservatives to vote for them rather than to invest in getting out the vote for their own base. Republicans, by contrast, get their base to the polls and attack their opposition.
Watch the full discussion below:
Trump elicits unintentional laughter in Oval Office meeting: My wars ‘don’t need exit strategies’
President Donald Trump revealed on Tuesday that he does not use exit strategies when planning for war.
During an Oval Office press gaggle, the president was asked if he had a plan for ending a possible war with Iran.
"You're not going to need an exit strategy," Trump opined, possibly misunderstanding the term. "I don't need exit strategies."
Some in the room could be heard audibly laughing as the president answered.
Watch the video below from CNN.
Moderate Dem lawmaker tells CNN why Trump’s ‘appalling behavior’ changed his mind on impeachment
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In an interview with CNN's John Berman, Himes said that Trump has regularly shown that he doesn't care about obeying the law, as evidenced by his decision to completely shrug off his own Office of Special Counsel's finding that adviser Kellyanne Conway has repeatedly violated the Hatch Act.
"Kellyanne Conway had clearly broken the law and she should be removed from office," Himes said. "And the president said, 'Ah heck, that doesn't matter.'"
9/11 first responder busts Trump for lying about helping them: ‘There’s no meeting’
Appearing in CNN's New Day, two New York City first responders trashed Congress for its foot-dragging over providing funding to help those afflicted by illnesses directly related from the 9/11 attack.
Speaking with hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota, 9/11 first responder John Feal first took shots at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) before getting around to recent comments made by President Donald Trump where he claimed he was having a meeting with representatives of the firefighters and police this week.
In an interview with NBC's Chuck Todd, the president noted the work being done by former "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart to help get legislation pushed through, and said that he is taking a personal interest in the 9/11 victims' plight.