So, we’re going to be in for about ten months of Democrats crying over the fact they don’t get to appoint a third Obama Supreme Court Justice. That seems to be the way things go. Harry Reid has taken to the Senate floor claiming that Mitch McConnell hasn’t paid his taxes in ten years and that he’s the illegitimate son of the Koch Brothers. Bobo Obama has told the world that he has sent the name of Merrick Garland to the Senate Judiciary Committee as his Supreme Court nominee to replace Antonin Scalia, and expects them to do their job.
And Republicans all over the Senate have decided there isn’t a damn thing in the world Obama can do to make them hold a hearing. Payback is a bitch.
Obama basically tore the constitution up when he usurped power throughout his presidency. On 15 separate occasions he was slapped down by the Supreme Court for abuse of power on a 9-0 vote (including the two Justices that HE appointed!). While he did this, Congress stood by and did nothing. And now, when the Senate decides to invoke “The Biden Rule”, which said basically that the Senate shouldn’t hold hearings or confirm a Supreme Court appointment made during a president’s last year in office, the crying has started. Well, life is a bitch sometimes, just like paybacks are. The Senate finally grew a pair of balls and decided that they DID have some power, and frankly, they’re going to exercise it.
Let’s examine this a little bit shall we? It’s been since 1880 that a sitting president of one party nominated someone for the Supreme Court and the Senate controlled by the other party voted for that person. Now, Democrats will tell you that it actually happened with Anthony Kennedy. They will tell you that a Democrat-controlled Senate actually confirmed Kennedy during the last year of Reagan’s presidency. Kennedy was the third choice by Ronald Reagan to fill the vacancy created by Justice Lewis Powell who retired. The first person Reagan appointed was Robert Bork who was probably the most qualified person ever to be nominated for the high court. He was defeated. The second was Douglas Ginsberg, who backed out of the nomination. So, Reagan never really made a first appointment to the court in his final year. In fact, Kennedy was appointed in November of 1987, certainly well ahead of Reagan’s final year in office. He was confirmed in 1988 because Joe Biden didn’t schedule hearings until after the holidays…so what the Dems are screaming about isn’t exactly true.
The fact of the matter is quite simple. If you had a Republican president in his final year, and a Democrat-controlled Senate, what do you think Harry Reid would do? You’re absolutely right. And Mitch McConnell is well within his rights to do the exact same thing. If Harry Reid would go seven years without passing a federal budget in the Senate, don’t you think he’d stall on a Supreme Court nominee? Of course he would!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!