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A Political Thriller

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BEST DEM STRATEGY ON SUPREME COURT—DELAY, DELAY, DELAY

There are legitimate arguments to oppose Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh; but there also has been histrionics, fear and loathing.  The cold, hard political calculus—barring a major, unforeseen disqualifying discovery—Kavanaugh is likely to be confirmed.  Shouting nightmarish scenarios will mobilize the base, but the best strategy is one of delay, delay and more delay.

In my novel Roll the Dice, Democrats and Republicans battle on the edges of the political spectrum while mega-Rock star Tyler Sloan exits the Las Vegas stage to run an unconventional campaign as an independent for the United States Senate.  Sloan finds the middle lane. Now, the middle lane is almost non-existent as the Senate prepares for hearings on this Supreme Court nominee.

In Roll the Dice, the two political parties are one step behind Sloan in capturing the political zeitgeist.  Sloan attracts voters who seek competence over party. Yet in today’s polarized political climate, forty-eight Republican Senators are certain to confirm Kavanaugh with only two Republican Senators uncertain.

While three Democrats are tenuous—Donnelly, Heitkamp and Manchin, it’s game over if Collins of Maine and Murkowski of Alaska stay on their side of the aisle.

It’s not that long ago when intelligence, experience and judicial temperament were the criteria. In 1993, all but three Republican Senators voted to confirm President Clinton’s nominee the Notorious RBG, Ruth Bader Ginsburg.   But that was then, this is now.

Democratic opposition to Kavanaugh was instant and well-organized. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow began attacking Kavanaugh exactly two minutes after he left the White House podium. Within the hour, Senators Warren, Harris, MoveOn and others had sent email blasts, Warren’s included a plea for a financial contribution to her re-election.

DELAY is the best strategy for Democrats. As an observer and political independent, Dems should delay the process at least until the November mid-terms.  If Dems win control of the Senate, the political world will change. Even if the GOP holds a majority, delay will spike progressive turnout for the Democrats at the November mid-term elections.  In politics, passion in opposition to something or somebody is the driving force. Opposition to Kavanaugh will mobilize the progressive base for turnout and fund raising.

Dem leaders will never say it publicly, but watch their moves.  They will demand all of the millions of documents that crossed Kavanaugh’s desk while he served in the Bush 43 White House. The D. C. Circuit judge has written more than 300 opinions that will be analyzed, probed and picked apart. The judge gave speeches and wrote law review articles that will be intensely scrutinized. The Dems will stretch out their review. Why? Delay.

There are legitimate issues to debate and oppose the nominee; the possible overturning or more likely, chipping away at Roe v. Wade; the dismantling of Obamacare; if a sitting President is subject to indictment and civil lawsuits; and union’s rights.

Yet some Dems flail away with silly reasons.  His name Brett infuriated the influential pro-choice group NARAL, “some frat boy named Brett;” his name? —he is not Brett Favre.  Senator Dick Durbin had a great soundbite, terming Kavanaugh the “Forest Gump” of GOP politics, but he served twelve years on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals—try another route.  Some claimed he was a, “political operative” since he served in the Bush White House, yet Justice Kagan served in the Clinton White House.

Classic overreach from Democratic Congressman Keith Ellison who did not rule out impeachment of Justice Gorsuch whom he said was “not legitimate.”  Impeaching Justices on political grounds is an extremely dangerous precedent.

My novel Roll the Dice shows politics in an exciting, unconventional campaign.  The stakes over a Supreme Court Justice are high—reason should prevail—but don’t bet on it.  Watch Dems delay and pray for a better outcome.

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$19.95
January 12, 2021
ISBN: 978-1-64543-794-9