Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, and Democrats are crapping themselves as President Trump prepares to nominate another justice:
Key Senate Democrats swiftly urged McConnell not to hold a vote on confirmation until after the midterms. They cited the Kentucky Republican’s decision to block then-President Barack Obama’s nominee for the seat vacated by Justice Antonin Scalia’s death until after the 2016 presidential election. The gambit paid off, as Trump won the presidency and nominated the conservative Gorsuch, who has already had a meaningful effect on the court’s decisions.
“Our Republican colleagues in the Senate should follow the rule they set in 2016 — not to consider a Supreme Court justice in an election year,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Wednesday. “Senator McConnell would tell anyone who listened that the Senate had the right to advise and consent. And that was every bit as important as the president’s right to nominate.”
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, agreed with Schumer. The California Democrat said “there should be no consideration of a Supreme Court nominee until the American people have a chance to weigh in.”
At least two other Judiciary Committee Democrats, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Kamala Harris of California, said they concurred with their party’s leader. The panel holds hearings for judges and decides whether to recommend them to the full Senate. Republicans have an 11-10 edge on the committee and can put judges through along party lines.
Hmm, I don’t remember the Dems sweating so profusely when Harry Reid invoked the nuclear option which still allows judges to be approved via simple majority vote in the Senate. Remember this five years ago?
Thanks to all of you who encouraged me to consider filibuster reform. It had to be done.
— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) November 21, 2013
Oh Harry… I take back some of the things I’ve written about you.
Meanwhile, aboard the submarine USS DemParty, they’re realizing something the hard way about Harry Reid, but too late: