Republicans had better wake up and get involved ~ that means you too Quaker Valley
Democrats are so certain they’ll win the White House in 2020 that they aren’t only measuring the drapes; they’re contemplating an extreme makeover of government that would advance and lock in an ambitious progressive legacy.
The 2016 presidential election was a traumatic loss for progressives—worse than losing the House in 2010 after Democrats muscled through ObamaCare. What progressives learned from these defeats is that changing policy is not enough; they must change the rules of the game to cement their control and prevent the voters from reversing their agenda. Thus Democrats are methodically pursuing a strategy to restructure our democratic system and permanently shift the playing field in their favor.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi kicked off this strategy with the first bill she introduced after taking back her gavel: H.R. 1, which would aggressively regulate speech that criticizes (or applauds) any federal politician, even on policy terms. H.R. 1 would also federalize state voting systems, effectively wiping out registration deadlines and antifraud safeguards, as well as requiring automatic registration of people as young as 16. The bill would even force taxpayers to subsidize political campaigns by matching low-dollar contributions. It would also express the “sense of Congress” that the District of Columbia should become a state. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer quickly endorsed that idea, which would expand his caucus by two.
All this is just a warm-up act for the progressives’ most audacious plan yet: a hostile takeover of the Supreme Court by expanding its size from nine justices to as many as 15. This idea, discredited in the 1930s, is gaining steam among Democrats infuriated by President Trump’s and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s effectiveness at appointing conservative judges.
Taken together, these efforts to restructure our federal government reveal a radicalized Democratic Party still seething over Mr. Trump’s victory in 2016 and the undoing of many Obama-era policy achievements. The party’s leading presidential contenders all vow massive economic and social upheaval that would change the face of America. To secure these audacious goals, the party is fixated on making structural changes that would prevent Republicans from ever regaining power in Congress, neuter the Supreme Court, and punish those who speak out against the new order.
What’s astonishing is that all of this—draconian speech controls, adding a new state, packing the Supreme Court—requires nothing more than a statute (in contrast with another progressive dream, abolishing the Electoral College). Under current Senate rules, 41 senators can invoke the filibuster to block legislation from coming to the floor. But if Democrats take a majority in 2020, they could effectively abolish the filibuster for legislation, as they did for nominations in 2013.
Thus the Republican-led U.S. Senate is America’s firewall against one-party rule. That’s why the fight for Senate control in 2020 will be as consequential as the White House campaign.
Mr. Law is president of the Senate Leadership Fund/One Nation, a super PAC that seeks to elect Republicans to the Senate.