Politics are messy and many times politicians are misunderstood or undervalued.
As the battle over the ethical handling of filling the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court increases, I think it’s appropriate to review what happened the last time our country was in this position.
As we do, there are two politicians, who are glaringly different but who both were involved in the last opening on the court. The two, President Barak Obama, weak and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell shockingly, strong.
Justice Antonin Scalia died on February 13, 2016.
Within hours — as other senators were offering condolences to Scalia’s family — McConnell issued a stunning, categorical rejection of Obama’s authority more than 11 months before the Democrat’s replacement would be sworn into office.
“The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president,” McConnell said.
Using what they called the “Biden rule.” the GOP dug in and refused to give Obama’s nominee a hearing. Joe Biden had said in a 1992 Senate floor speech — when there were no high court vacancies to fill — that “once the political season is underway, and it is, action on a Supreme Court nomination must be put off until after the election campaign is over.”
President Obama, already losing influence in his final year, showed little fight. Not only did he not get any momentum towards Garlands’ confirmation but he also allowed McConnell to not vote on over 100 other federal judicial vacancies leaving the shelves full for President Trump.
With a conservative majority on the horizon, and, as of now, enough votes and enough time to confirm a nominee before the election, Democrats are threatening impeachment, court-packing, and pretty much anything they possibly can to prevent President Trump from filling the seat±or retaliation if he does.
But they’re also accusing the GOP of hypocrisy because of GOP blocked nomination of Merrick Garland.
We’ve noted here that both sides have taken positions on Supreme Court vacancies that have been convenient at the moment, only to be reversed under different circumstances, and the Republican National Committee has created a brilliant ad highlighting key Democrats explaining the importance of filling a Supreme Court vacancy.
The ad features Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Bernie Sanders, and others all calling for a Supreme Court vacancy to be filled.
Come On Man! Joe bye your own lips, let the confirmation begin.