Republicans Calculate Voters Might Respond Just As Well To A Display Of Raw Power As Playing By The Rules
And anyway, they’re as quickly as possible going to get their Justice onto the Supreme Court no matter what
And anyway, the rule they’re “breaking” isn’t really a real rule, it’s just something they made up when they wanted to do something else dastardly in the past.
So why can’t they just say it? “We’re just doing it this way because we can”? Interestingly, pretty much only President Trump has come out and said something close to that, musing when you: “have the Senate….you can sort of do what you want.” Also Trump may want to litigate the results of the election if he loses, let’s not forget that. So if Republicans are letting the political chips fall where they may, that may be only for the time being.
Mitt Romney’s the latest Republican Senator coming up with some ridiculous contortion over why a new Supreme Court Justice can’t wait until after the next election. Telling reporters he won’t vote to put off the process, and that:
“I recognize that we may have a Court which has more of a Conservative bent than it’s had over the last few decades. But my liberal friends — over many decades — have gotten very used to the idea of having a Liberal Court. And that’s not written in the stars.”
I am not young. Yet I have no memory — zero — of the Supreme Court ever being captained by Liberals. Nor there ever being a Chief Justice in my lifetime appointed by a Democratic President. You know why? Because there hasn’t been. In much more than my lifetime. Chief Justice Warren Burger, the first I have any memory of, was hardly liberal. Though probably more apolitical than the President who nominated him would’ve liked. Because Justice Burger in fact, wrote the decision that sealed President Nixon’s resignation.
And Burger’s predecessor, Earl Warren, who was essentially before our time, presided over sweeping societal changes that one might consider liberal, if you consider things like the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act liberal. And anyway, he was appointed by a Republican President too!