The nomination battles brewing could set the stage for changes to the Senate filibuster rules. On Sunday’s UP with Steve Kornacki, Steve and his panel will also look at the GOP claims that President Obama is “court-packing.” They’ll talk with Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, who called the republican blocking of Pattie Millett’s judicial nomination “filibuster abuse.”
Plus, is the California Republican Party at death’s door? If so, what does that tell us about the future of American politics?
And we’ll look at the real value of government. There’s been skepticism – and outright hostility – to the federal government for years. The idea that it’s just one big, bloated, bureaucratic mess that can’t perform the simplest task without wasting huge sums of time and taxpayer money runs deep. And that is the challenge of the Affordable Care Act. Can Democrats show Americans that Big Government really can and really does work?
And the Jon Stewart of Egypt returns only to be blocked again. We’ll talk about satirist Bassem Youssef and how he represents where Egypt is today. That and what he tells us about the importance of a free society.
Sunday’s panel includes Joy Reid, managaing editor at TheGrio.com, Lynn Sweet from the Chicago Sun-Times, Buzzfeed’s Evan McMorris-Santoro, Perry Bacon of TheGrio.com, Elahe Izadi at National Journal, Michael Wahid Hanna from The Century Foundation and Rebecca Abou-Chedid with the Truman National Security Project.