Do you recall the time when both houses of Congress were under Democratic control, and the nation elected a man to the presidency who had threatened to “fundamentally transform the nation” if elected? How about the time when that same man, now president, rammed an $831 billion stimulus package through Congress that included hundreds of millions of dollars for contraceptives, then matter-of-factly replied “I won” when Republicans grumbled?
Or how about the time when this same dude haughtily announced to Republicans that he was in the driver’s seat and “they can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back.”
They were galling times for conservatives that became ever more galling with each passing action on the president’s part. When conservative Justice David Souter announced his retirement in 2009, Obama nominated as his replacement a Hispanic woman with as much chutzpah as he had, having boasted that “a wise Latina would more often than not, reach a better conclusion” than a white male.
Now the tables have turned. Both houses of Congress are controlled by the Republicans, as is the White House, and once again we find ourselves on the verge a new Supreme Court justice being nominated. And how are Democrats dealing with it?
Here is a cross-section of tweets. Cast your vote in the comments section below for which you think is the most pathetic.
Literally in tears. Haven’t felt this hopeless in a long time. With Justice Kennedy leaving, we now have two options as Americans: get fitted for your Nazi uniform or report directly to your death camp. How do you fight the darkness without light? My spark is going out. #SCOTUS
— Matthew K. (@mattiek17) June 27, 2018
I really wish someone would just assassinate Trump now please.
— Chau G Muu (@ChauGMuu) June 20, 2018
I spent Obama’s whole time in office worried someone would assassinate him. I’ve spent Trump’s whole time in office worried they won’t.
— Alex Richmonthofpride🌈🦄🌈 (@alexikakon) June 19, 2018
Justice Kennedy is retiring.
After Trump was elected, many asked, "What's the worst that can happen?"
This. This is the worst that can happen.
If anyone has any Trump tapes they've been holding onto until closer to the midterms, for the love of God release them now.
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) June 27, 2018
To all those who didn't vote or voted 3rd party in 2016, Justice Kennedy is retiring. I hope you're happy. I hope you sleep well knowing the SCOTUS will now be stacked with conservatives. But, her emails, right?
— Allen Marshall (@AllenCMarshall) June 27, 2018
Justice Kennedy retiring means every societal advancement of the last fifty years is in danger… this puts Women’s rights in jeopardy, LGBT rights in jeopardy… hell, it puts Civil Rights in jeopardy… #SaveSCOTUS
— Cyrus McQueen (@CyrusMMcQueen) June 27, 2018
I saw barf on a subway platform this morning. I assume it was from someone who just heard Kennedy is retiring.
— Jenny Hagel (@jennyhagel) June 28, 2018
Justice Kennedy seems to be retiring mighty early compared to others, something is telling me he's being forced out. Do Donald Trump know something we dont know about the Mueller investigation that can end up on the Supreme Court desks? This timing is pretty odd, just saying.
— Mr. Weeks ✊🏽 (@MrDane1982) June 28, 2018
Kennedy retiring is the worst thing to happen in a long time.
I had some real low points this afternoon.
Then I randomly met my literal hero @StephenAtHome at a restaurant tonight. I thanked him for everything. We chatted a bit. I sobbed afterwards.
I'm back in the fight.
— Big Alex Energy (@thedealwithalex) June 28, 2018