The Senate confirmed Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch on Friday, giving Republicans a much-needed win politically and in their quest to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
Almost every Democrat in the Senate voted against Gorsuch’s nomination, including Sen. Tim Kaine.
On March 29, Kaine — the former Vice Presidential nominee for Hillary Clinton — officially announced that he would oppose the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court.
After meeting with Judge Gorsuch & studying his past decisions, I've decided to oppose his nomination. Full statement: pic.twitter.com/0yjyB4znoX
— Senator Tim Kaine (@timkaine) March 29, 2017
Kaine may have been against some of Gorsuch’s views, but politics also played a major role in his opposition to this phenomenally qualified Judge.
In an October 28 interview with The Huffington Post, Kaine spouted off that the Clinton administration would get President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court pick, Judge Merrick Garland, confirmed.
“We will change the Senate rules to uphold the law, that the court will be nine members,” Kaine said, arguing the importance of having nine members on the bench.
“I was in the Senate when the Republicans’ stonewalling around appointments caused Senate Democratic majority to switch the vote threshold on appointments from 60 to 51. And we did it on everything but a Supreme Court justice,” Kaine said.
“If these guys think they’re going to stonewall the filling of that vacancy or other vacancies, then a Democratic Senate majority will say, ‘We’re not going to let you thwart the law.'”
Kaine’s comments came as he anticipated Democrats winning the White House and picking up more seats in the Senate. Obviously, neither of those two things happened.
“The battle is: Do we want a lawfully constituted full court or will we let the Republicans have a hobbled, limited and weakened court?” Kaine told The Huffington Post.
“The voters are going to stop them, or we’re going to stop them.”
Kaine made it clear that we need nine Justices on the bench and that using the “nuclear option” would be acceptable in the case of the Supreme Court.
He adamantly supported the use of the nuclear option when it benefited Democrats, which epitomizes their obstruction today. If it favors one party, the other goes ballistic.
Kaine being exposed for flip-flopping is no different than when Warren, Schumer, and Pelosi all supported using the nuclear option when it benefited Obama in 2012 and 2013.