Hypocrisy used to be the death nail to a politician; however, now it’s worn as a badge of honor proudly.
Anyone really surprised that the republican lead senate had one rule for President Obama but a different one for President Trump? No one should be because Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG) death is an opportunity of a life time to change the Supreme Court to 6 conservatives and 3 liberals. Those on the right that believe the country is going too far to the left with things like gay marriage and health care for all, feel this new conservative court will reverse those rulings. Therefore, with less than 45 days away, President Trump the republican party was given a political gift.
Here’s what the leaders of the republicans senate said four years ago when President Obama had 8 more months left when Justice Scalia suddenly died.
Senator Mitch McConnell said, “The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. The vacancy created by Scalia’s death should not be filled until the election of a new president.” Furthermore, McConnell said, “This nomination will be determined by whoever wins the presidency in the polls.”
Senator Lindsey Graham said, “I want you to use my words against me. If there is a Republican president in 2016 and a vacancy occurs in the last year of the first term, you can say Lindsey Graham said ‘let’s let the next president, whoever it might be, make that nomination,’ and you could use my words against me and you’d be absolutely right.” Furthermore Graham said, “I’ll tell you this, if an opening comes in President Trump’s term, and the primary process has started, we will wait until the next election.”
Senator Ted Cruz said, “Justice Scalia was an American hero. We owe it to him, & the Nation, for the Senate to ensure that the next President names his replacement.”
Senator Marco Rubio said, “I don’t think we should be moving forward on a nominee in the last year of this president’s term. I would say that if it was a Republican president.”
Senator Ron Johnson said, “Instead of a lame duck president and Senate nominating and confirming, a new president and Senate — elected by the people only a few months from now — should make that important decision. I can’t think of a fairer or more democratic process.”
- Politics are about power and who has it. Right now the republicans have it, and they will exercise it.
- Polls indicate that republicans may not only lose the Presidency but also the senate; so why wouldn’t the republicans try to change the Supreme Court from 5-4 conservative to 6-3 conservative?
- Elections matter; some citizens feel disenfranchised, neglected, or pandered to; however, it doesn’t matter how you feel, vote.
- To the victor go the spoils. The republicans won the white house and the senate; therefore, they will appoint who they want.
- I don’t believe for one minute, if the shoe were on the other foot whereas the democrats had the power and opportunity to replace a Supreme Court justice with less than 45 days of an election, they would not do the same thing.
- Those democrats that don’t like the idea of the court being a 6-3 conservative majority, blame other democrats for not voting in the 2016 presidential election.