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A thought occurred to me as I absorbed the latest pronouncement of POTUS signalling the appointment of Judge Gorsuch to the Supremes.

As I have observed since Trump's swearing-in, and during his lengthy campaign, The Donald loves to bait and switch, throwing out an outrageous story in order to sic the media onto a red herring. While they're tearing it apart in righteous indignation, not to mention firing up his rabid base, he succeeds in his efforts to make a damaging issue disappear from the news cycle.

The travel ban is the most recent example; his technique is to toss it out there, the media attack the story; meanwhile, the "Putin problem" has been buried. Later, POTUS "walks back" the ban to something more reasonable, and he's pulled off a win-win for himself once again.

The Gorsuch appointment is, I think, another example of this technique. Gorsuch most certainly is a conservative, but he also gets good reviews as a jurist. Yes, he is probably against right-to-die, but he also appears to be serious about following the law. I'm still of the opinion that Merrick Garland would have been a better choice, but that is a moot point; time to move on.

The Democrats in the Senate are already sharpening their weapons to "Bork" Gorsuch. My guess is that Trump (or more likely, Bannon) figures Gorsuch will be the sacrificial lamb. If he's defeated, the next one or two candidates will be even more to the right, possibly activists, and maybe by that time the Republicans in the Senate will have changed the rules to allow only a simple majority to confirm the next candidates.

I think the Democrats should not choose to fire all their guns at Gorsuch. Put up a token fight, but save their ammunition for the real fight to come in choosing at least two other candidates to replace Ginsberg upon her inevitable retirement, and also Kennedy at some point.

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Trump's administration is too accomplished in the art of "bait and switch." Nobody seems to have caught on to his game yet, especially our Democratic leaders in D.C. It is crucial that they do.

To borrow a term oft used by POTUS, "sad."

Stephen Stanton

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