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McConnell: Senate Will Vote on Supreme Court Vacancy Even if Dems “Whine”

Prepare for civil war.

Figuratively.

I think.

According to the Washington Examiner:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Republicans would “absolutely” vote on a Supreme Court vacancy if one occurred before the 2020 election, regardless of whether Democrats “whine” about it. 

“You have to go back to 1880 to find the last time, back to 1880s to find the last time a Senate of a different party from the president filled a Supreme Court vacancy created in the middle of a presidential election. That was entirely the precedent,” the Kentucky Republican said on The Hugh Hewitt Show Tuesday about why he blocked hearings on Merrick Garland. 

“There was nothing I did that was, would not have been done had the shoe been on the other foot,” he added. “So look, they can whine about this all day long. But under the Constitution, there is co-responsibility for appointments. The president makes the nomination, and the Senate confirms. We are partners in the personnel business up to and including the U.S. Supreme Court.”

I’m not sure I understand McConnell’s rationale here. The “principle” involved is simply partisan politics.

At the time, he squashed Merrick Garland, I understood the principle to be that the people should decide this in an election year. That made a little sense, but not much. There’s nothing in the Constitution about presidents only being allowed to appoint Supreme Court justices during their first three years. Let’s face it, McConnell did it because he could.

McConnell’s potential decision now to allow consideration of a Supreme Court nominee would be the right thing to do, but it would also prove that the Garland maneuver was raw politics. If I were a liberal, I’d be pretty mad about it too.

Democrats Signal They Will Pack the Supreme Court

You think they’re kidding? Absolutely not.

Here’s how it happens. They win the presidency the Senate and the House. It could happen. Then they eliminate the filibuster. I’m certain they’ll do this the minute they win the Senate anyway. And then they “expand” the Supreme Court through legislation.

According to Politico:

After watching Mitch McConnell transform the judiciary over the past four years, liberals are demanding a bold response. And Democrats are listening.

Sens. Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand told POLITICO they would not rule out expanding the Supreme Court if elected president, showcasing a new level of interest in the Democratic field on an issue that has until recently remained on the fringes of debate.

The surprising openness from White House hopefuls along with other prominent Senate Democrats to making sweeping changes — from adding seats to the high court to imposing term limits on judges and more — comes as the party is eager to chip away at the GOP’s growing advantage in the courts.

The excuse they’re using is that McConnell didn’t confirm Barack Obama’s choice, Merrick Garland. Of course, that was indeed a raw political move that undermined good governance. But it’s something the Democrats would have done without a second thought, especially after Obama’s end-runs around Congress and Reid’s elimination of the filibuster for most presidential nominations.

“It’s not just about expansion, it’s about depoliticizing the Supreme Court,” said [Elizabeth] Warren (D-Mass.), who mentioned bringing appellate judges into Supreme Court cases as an option.

That’s Orwellian. Actually, court packing is solely about politicizing the Supreme Court.

It’s yet another leftist idea that seems crazy at first but gradually becomes normalized as people talk about it.

White House Quietly Preparing to Fill Ginsburg’s Seat

Nah, she’s indestructible. But just in case . . .

According to the Daily Caller:

Quiet preparations are underway within conservative legal circles and the White House counsel’s office in the event that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg retires, two sources familiar with the process tell The Daily Caller.

The 85-year-old Ginsburg did not appear for oral arguments at the Supreme Court on Monday, missing the first session in her 25 years on the court for reasons of ill health. Ginsburg is currently recuperating from recent surgery to remove cancerous nodules from her lungs, marking her third bout with the disease.

I honestly hope there’s no snickering about this in the press. Because every news website has pre-written her obituary by now, I guarantee it.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Fractures Three Ribs

According to the Associated Press:

Eighty-five-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fractured three ribs in a fall in her office at the court and is in the hospital, the court said Thursday.

The court’s oldest justice fell Wednesday evening, the court said. She went to George Washington University Hospital in Washington early Thursday after experiencing discomfort overnight.

She was admitted to the hospital for treatment and observation after tests showed she fractured three ribs.

I wish her a speedy recovery, and I hope this is not too painful, as rib fractures can be. Anyway, she’s indestructible. She’s had cancer twice, including two of the deadliest kinds – colon and pancreatic cancer – and has a stent in an artery.

How Trump Saved the Kavanaugh Nomination

The Washingon Post actually gives President Trump credit without overdoing the attacks on him – including a headline calling him the “ultimate fighter.”

Once again, Trump went with his instincts, against the advice of those who supposedly know better. He was accused of “mocking” Christine Blasey Ford. While I have sympathy for her, assuming something terrible did happen to her, the fact is she put herself out there in a debate that would determine the future of the Supreme Court and potentially ruin a man and his family. Trump’s point was that she needed to have some proof, and she didn’t have any, and his effort to highlight this helped change the debate.

From the piece:

Again and again, President Trump was instructed not to do it. A cadre of advisers, confidants and lawmakers all urged him — implored him, really — not to personally attack the women who had accused Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexual assault.

So he did it anyway.

Addressing thousands at a boisterous rally in Mississippi, Trump relied on his own visceral sense of the moment and mocked Christine Blasey Ford for gaps in her memory, directly impugning the accuser’s credibility.

Establishment Republicans initially reacted with horror. But Trump’s 36-second off-script jeremiad proved a key turning point toward victory for the polarizing nominee, White House officials and Kavanaugh allies said, turbocharging momentum behind Kavanaugh just as his fate appeared most in doubt.

And in Washington, Republican senators — though they condemned Trump’s mockery of Ford — felt emboldened to aggressively demand Kavanaugh’s confirmation, which became a near-certainty Friday and looks to become official with a vote Saturday.

“As long as he was willing to go to the mat for him, it fortified probably people up here, too,” said Sen. John Thune (S.D.), the chamber’s third-ranking Republican leader.

THIS IS WHY REPUBLICANS NOMINATED TRUMP. Rubio or Jeb probably would have caved, perhaps influenced by a survivor of sexual assault with an agenda, as Jeff Flake was. Trump stood his ground.

Hey Sen. Daines: Forget Your Daughter’s Wedding, There’s a Country to Serve

Republican Sen. Steve Daines of Montana is a disgrace and should be ousted in a primary by someone who understands the meaning of service to the country.

According to the latest reports, Republicans leaders who had planned to vote Saturday on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court may hold the vote open until Sunday so Daines can attend his daughter’s wedding, which is also on Saturday.

The problem this creates is that it gives the Democrats another day to come up with some sensational claim against Kavanaugh, attack Jeff Flake in an elevator, or whatever.

Everyone understands your desire to attend your daughter’s wedding, Mr. Daines. But you took an oath to serve the country, accepting a very powerful, prominent, and certainly ego-flattering position. You OWE the country and the people of your state.

“My daughter’s wedding has been planned for months,” Daines whined CNN.

Let me ask you a question, sir. If one of our young servicemembers who lost a limb fighting overseas to protect you could get it back in exchange for not attending their daughter’s wedding, what do you think they would do? I think they make the exchange, and their daughter would understand.

But while brave young men and women sacrifice much more, you can’t sacrifice this.

What a shameful moment. Cancel the wedding if you have to. If he loves her, he’ll marry her in a couple of months. Sorry, I know it’s an inconvenience.

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