Four years ago conservative Supreme Court justice and stalwart defender of the Constitution Antonin Scalia was found dead in his bed at Cibolo Creek Ranch in Shafter, TX.
Because of the makeup of the Supreme Court, national attention was focused immediately upon what progressive mediocrity Barack Obama would nominate to fill the vacancy. However, no one had counted on Mitch McConnell saying, “Not so fast, Scooter.”
Nothing brings out the progressive nutters like the bitter memory of losing the Supreme Court and an election year in which there is a better than 50-50 likelihood that at least one SCOTUS justice checks out and knowing that will result in another Trump appointment has them in rare form.
Antonin Scalia died on this day in 2016, after which every single Republican Senator came to the conclusion that it was too late to consider a replacement because of the impending election. They cited a standard that they believed Joe Biden had set years prior.
— Sam Stein (@samstein) February 13, 2020
Justice Scalia died four years ago, and Republicans refused to let Obama nominate a new #SCOTUS judge.
— PFAW (@peoplefor) February 13, 2020
What they are trying to do is to label as hypocrisy any decision by McConnell to proceed with confirmation hearings to replace an, as yet, undead Justice. But they are lying. I know, that’s a shocker.
Let’s go back and see McConnell’s actual justification:
— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) February 13, 2020
It’s pretty clear that McConnell is not saying ‘no confirmations in an election year,’ he is saying that rule applies if the presidency and the Senate belong to different parties. That’s a huge difference in semantics and in reasoning.
While I don’t blame them for sniveling over their eternal loss of Justice Merrick Garland, what I don’t think anyone should have to put up with is them lying and not being called on it.