Part of me wonders how much longer our union can be held together. It feels like we're on the precipice of an irreconcilable fracturing of the nation.
Republicans refusing to hold a vote on Garland was a foolhardy move. They should have just voted, and voted 'not to confirm'. Had they done that I think maybe they could have salvaged the ruse of 'fair play'. Now, they just look guilty of playing dirty pool. Sure, nothing they have done goes against the law, but it sure does go against the spirit of it. Republicans cannot possibly expect Democrats to behave any differently going forward. Maybe they already felt like Democrats were playing dirty pool themselves, but clearly the stakes have been elevated here.
So, now we stand at a point where the Democrats are talking about radically changing the makeup of the court if they win, and subtlety hinting they'll also probably try to enact other laws that will make it more difficult for Republicans to win future elections. It's a bold gambit, though, because if Trump holds the Presidency, and Republicans hold the Senate, they now have no reason not to do all the things Democrats are currently threatening.
I'm not sure how any of this is sustainable. Someone needs to be the first to extend the olive branch. Someone needs to be the first to take the 'L' and work with the opposition instead of working to thwart them. Mostly, we needs someone who can get people to stop seeing their fellow countrymen as opposition, regardless of their political or social views.
Or maybe it's time to just split up the states into separate countries. IDK...I'm just rambling this morning. I enjoyed my long weekend anyways...and now back to the reality that our country is probably screwed regardless of who wins the upcoming elections.