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: