If you’re like me, you’ve been pretty bored by post-HCR passage politics. Now that FreedomWorks isn’t bussing teatards to townhalls anymore, there’s just not much amusing going on.
That’s why I’m pretty jacked up about Stevens’ retirement. Here’s a rough chronology of what we can expect over the next few months:
- A Jeff Rosen piece slamming the first nominee the Obama White House floats. This will be based entirely on unnamed sources.
- Republicans find some routine case and trot it out as an example of how activist the nominee is.
- Charles Lane and other Kaplanistas write that, while the Republicans are taking it all too far, there are indeed legitimate problems with the nominee’s judicial philosophy.
- Rahm Emanuel spends three months trying to convince Olympia Snowe and Lindsey Graham to support the nominee.
- Olympia Snowe and Lindsey Graham do not support the nominee.
- There is a length filibuster.
- Brooks, Broder, and Gergen write about how sad it is that Democrats have destroyed the Senate’s comity and that Obama needs to renominate Robert Bork as a goodwill gesture.
Does that sound about right? Am I missing anything? I have a feeling that Democrats may end up provoking threats and violence by defying the will of the American people. But I am not sure how this will manifest itself.
Update. Per the comments, yes, I forgot about the part where the firebaggers portray the nominee as a Blue Dog style sell-out chosen by Rahm. This might necessitate the creation of a new PAC.