In an interview with Fox News Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham issued a challenge to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer that was nothing short of genius. Frankly, this should have been Talking Point #1 from the Republicans the minute the other side started challenging Brett Kavanaugh like there was no tomorrow. Because this is the ultimate, “shut up and sit down” card.
“This is a list that was complied in November, but [Trump] actually put it out during the campaign,” Graham said, pulling out the famous list of conservative judges from which then-candidate Trump promised to select his Supreme Court nominees. “There are twenty-something people on this list; I’m asking Chuck Schumer, name five, name three, name one that would be okay with you.”
That’s a mic-drop moment right there, and it makes us love Graham all the more. We weren’t sure about this dude back when he was tearing down Trump and Ted Cruz during the 2016 primaries, but he has gotten his second wind over the last year or so. He had the best single moment of the entire confirmation hearings, and this challenge to Schumer is the perfect illustration of what ALL of this Kavanaugh hysteria was really about. It wasn’t about some unsubstantiated sexual assault allegations from high school; it was about doing anything and everything to prevent a conservative majority from taking over the Supreme Court.
“Brett Kavanaugh was a mainstream judge I would’ve chosen if I had been president,” Graham continued. “Bush supported him. Everybody running for president on our side believed that Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch were outstanding conservative jurists. The other side wants to cancel the election.
“So Chuck, you want someone new?” he asked. “Look at this list and see anybody you agree to, but what you want to do Senator Schumer is to overturn the election. We are not going to let you pick the judges. If you want to pick judges, then you need to win the White House. When Obama won that, I voted for two judges that he picked. So Chuck Schumer, name one person on this list you think is acceptable.”
If Schumer (or any Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee) can seriously answer that question – can seriously name one of the other judges on the list – it would go a long way towards restoring the reputation they tarnished over the last couple of weeks.
The only problem? Trump might just call them on their bluff if another court seat comes open.
And so we don’t expect Schumer or any other Democrat to take up Graham’s challenge. Like he said, they want to go back and reverse the election. Even after all this time, they still can’t believe that Hillary lost and Trump is president. It’s almost sad.