Former Rep Trey Gowdy is ecstatic that the Democrats are trying to pack the Supreme Court. He has to know it will never pass in the Senate.
It should pass in the House because three Democrats would have to cross party lines and I don’t believe Pelosi would allow that. She wants to wait until Schumer has the votes to get it through the Senate, so it is very possible that there will never be a vote.
Bret Baier commented that Pelosi has said she does not support the bill. That may be true of this bill but she also said she supported the commission Joe Biden set up to explore the possibility. She would bring it to a voter today if she thought it would pass.
This is not a bill they want to vote on and lose because all the members in the House and the Senate would be on the record, which is exactly what Gowdy thinks would be a killer in the 2022 midterms and possibly even in 2024.
Gowdy replied to Baier:
“Bret, this is a gift from God. That is the only way to describe it. It has no chance ever of becoming law with the current Congress but it will be used to bludgeon Democrat candidates in 2022 which is why you saw that motley group of only four that can’t even wait for Biden’s commission.”
“So Republicans rejoice that Jerry Nadler is handling strategy for 2022. You are guaranteed to retake the House and the Senate.”
Bret Baier pointed out that in order to pass the bill in the Senate they would first have to kill the filibuster rule and Joe Manchin has insisted that he opposes ending the filibuster.
They will also have to deal with Kyrsten Sinema who also opposed doing away with the filibuster. That too is unpopular with the voters.
Axios’ Jonathan Swan said:
“But it all comes as you said it comes down to Joe Manchin. It’s not just Joe Manchin, Kyrsten Sinema opposes eliminating the filibuster, but Manchin is dug in on this issue. He’s put out an op-ed. He said it a million times on the record I don’t see any sign that he is softening on this issue whatsoever.”