A HUG THAT MADE DEMOCRATS CRAZY
A hug that divided the Democratic Party: Feinstein could pay a price for Supreme Court hearings
A HUG THAT MADE DEMOCRATS CRAZY AFTER SENATE HEARING
It was a hug and a sound bite that prompted groans among Democrats around the country, with even moderates complaining that Sen. Dianne Feinstein undercut her party’s argument against Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
Feinstein’s political blunder? She embraced Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham and commended the hearings he led over Barrett’s nomination, undermining a Democratic contention that the appointment had to wait until the next president’s inauguration.
Progressives say the time to work with Republicans is over, because Republicans don’t fight fairly.
“Republicans play by their own rules, and if you play by their rules, they will then change them when they want to,” said Los Angeles City Councilman Kevin de León, a former leader of California’s state senate and Feinstein’s progressive primary challenger in 2018.
But Democratic moderates are hoping the anger over this particular fight — which they say is justified — will die down and allow Democrats and Republicans to work together.
“I think we’ll put this particular Supreme Court confirmation aside, but we’ll go forward hoping we can work with Republicans … ” said Rep. Ami Bera, D-Sacramento, who acknowledged the poor “optics” of Feinstein’s embrace. “I hope they’re willing to work with us.”
The disagreement is emblematic of the two forces pulling at the Democratic Party today — moderates who want to work with Republicans and progressives who would rather throw out the filibuster and push through their agenda than find ways to compromise with a group they don’t believe shares their values.
Democrats at Barrett’s hearings had been trying to hammer home that they believed the process lacked legitimacy.
They argued Republicans were rushing through a Supreme Court nominee a month before an election when they had refused to even meet with former President Barack Obama’s nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, after Justice Antonin Scalia’s death in 2016. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, that year held the seat open until Trump could fill it.
Feinstein’s comments before she hugged Graham made many cringe, feeling she gave Republicans a sound byte they could use to trumpet the process as legitimate.
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