On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) expressed his profound disappointment in Democratic colleague Senator Chuck Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) statement in which he indicated that Democrats are not going just to rubber stamp President-elect Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.
During a press conference, McConnell stated that the American people would not “tolerate” Democrats blocking Trump’s SCOTUS nominee. He said:
“I noticed my counterpart Sen. Schumer announced yesterday that their goal was apparently to never fill the Supreme Court vacancy. That’s kind of an expansion of Biden rule. You recall the Biden rule in 1992 was the Senate would not confirm a Supreme Court nominee in the middle of a presidential election year, which was my view last year. Sen. Schumer said in the second Bush administration that they would not confirm a Supreme Court nominee in the last eighteen months of President Bush’s forty-three’s tenure. Apparently, there’s yet a new standard now, which is to not confirm a Supreme Court nominee at all. I think that’s something that the American people simply will not tolerate, and we’ll be looking forward to receiving a Supreme Court nomination and moving forward on it.”
This newfound love of the Constitution is quite an odd fit for Senator McConnell because he was probably the first and most fierce Republican to oppose Obama naming a replacement for the late Justice Antonin Scalia. On February 13, 2016, just a few hours after Scalia was found dead at a ranch in Texas, McConnell issued this statement which read in part:
“The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new President.”
McConnell made obstructing nearly everything President Barack Obama wanted to accomplish the focus of his career. In fact, in 2010 the senator, in his own words, stated what he felt was his most important job:
“The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”
And the senator did everything he could to make good on the goal, but in the end, he failed. But the Senator and his Republican colleagues did succeed in making Congress historically unpopular in the eyes of the American public. Oddly enough, it was probably this disgust and resentment toward a “do nothing” government that help pave the way toward a Trump presidency (something McConnell never wanted to happen).
And let’s not forget when McConnell said this at a small event in Fancy Farm, Kentucky:
“One of my proudest moments” was when I told Obama “you will not fill this Supreme Court vacancy.”
McConnell: "one of my proudest moments" was when I told Obama "you will not fill this Supreme Court vacancy" pic.twitter.com/t8uzEnJN9i
— Greg Giroux (@greggiroux) August 6, 2016
Also, McConnell cited the “Biden rule” as justification for his obstruction. This rule does not exist. It’s a Republican invention, much like most of their twisted arguments tend to be.
Here’s something that McConnell, Trump, and the rest of the GOP need to understand as Democrats prepare to drag them through hell over their SCOTUS nomination: about 54 percent of the American people did not vote for Donald Trump. Therefore, Democrats are well within their rights to oppose any pick they feel would go against the interests of the American majority.
McConnell can whine, complain, and proclaim his faux indignation until the cows come home. None his protests will make us forget what he and his colleagues did to President Obama nor forget how little he thought of the will of the American voters when they had a chance to do what they are now asking Democrats to do.
If McConnell would like a shorter answer to his request, here it is.
And you can stick that up your “Biden rule,” McConnell.
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