Stopping Kavanaugh would be worth Democrats losing the Senate, says Krystal Ball

By Krystal Ball
Opinion Contributor

Democrats, I have a complete fantasy hypothetical question for you: Suppose you were offered a political prize so valuable that you’d sell out everything the party represents, coddle white supremacists, rip babies from the arms of their mothers, force women into back alley abortions, risk nuclear war, alienate our allies, empower a serial sexual harasser and liar even worse than Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonFor 2020, Democrats are lookin’ for somebody to love A year since Parkland: we have a solution Washington restaurant celebrates holiday with presidential drinks MORE and possibly compromise the entire country to Putin? Could you imagine selling out your country in this way for anything? Of course not-but that is precisely what the GOP has done.

The GOP sold the threadbare item known as its soul in exchange for this exact moment when they have a chance to gain complete control of the top court in the land. While we would never make such a bargain, Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' Winners and losers in the border security deal House passes border deal, setting up Trump to declare emergency MORE is not a fool. He knows exactly how valuable the prize of a lifetime appointment, a Supreme Court justice is. Someone who could serve for 30 years or more and who could guarantee blocking worker rights, environmental protections, effectively ending a woman’s right to choose, repressing voting and civil rights for 30 years, blocking nationwide healthcare reform, reversing marriage equality. He knows what that’s worth and he’s willing to sacrifice the entire party to get it.

So, while Democrats aren’t and shouldn’t be willing to sell out every principle for a Supreme court justice, but shouldn’t we be willing to lose an election over one? After all, our fundamental principles are at stake with this scotus confirmation and one of those fundamental principles is not winning at any cost? Now I am not suggesting a Kamikaze mission.

If all 51 Senate Republicans hang together, Kavanaugh will be confirmed and Red State dems like Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampOvernight Energy: Trump taps ex-oil lobbyist Bernhardt to lead Interior | Bernhardt slams Obama officials for agency's ethics issues | Head of major green group steps down Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary On The Money: Shutdown Day 27 | Trump fires back at Pelosi by canceling her foreign travel | Dems blast 'petty' move | Trump also cancels delegation to Davos | House votes to disapprove of Trump lifting Russia sanction MORE and Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinSenate confirms Trump pick William Barr as new attorney general GOP wants to pit Ocasio-Cortez against Democrats in the Senate Senate poised to confirm Trump’s attorney general pick MORE ought to do whatever they deem politically useful. However, if we can get two Republicans, Murkowski and Collins, or Flake and Corker…just two to decide that this Presidency needs a check and balance not a rubber stamp, then we can block this nomination.

We can block Senators who represent a minority of the American people from being able to impose their will, some literally from the grave, for 30 years or more, on the reproductive rights of our daughters, on their ability to fight sexual harassment and to and clean up the poisoned environment they will inherit-if we can do that, then Manchin and Heitkamp and others should stand with the legacy of our children and grandchildren and block this nomination. And if they lose their seats and consequently Democrats don’t take the Senate, we can be proud of the fact that they lost for something meaningful and that we put duty and country ahead of near term political interest.

 Krystal Ball is the co-host of "Rising," Hill.TV's morning news show.

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