Please pardon all people on the Trump train while we bask in the knowledge that President Donald J. Trump gets to nominate another Supreme Court Justice. And in addition, to that, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said the hearings and confirmation vote will be in the fall before the midterm elections.
That made Chuckie Schumer from New York very unhappy.
Schumer said that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) should show consistency and respect for his own precedent by delaying Senate confirmation proceedings for Kennedy’s successor until 2019, when a new Congress is seated.
“Millions of people are just months away from determining the senators who should vote to confirm or reject the president’s nominee and their voices deserve to be heard,” Schumer said on the Senate floor.
He said “anything by that would be the absolute height of hypocrisy.
A couple things:
This is not a PRESIDENTIAL election year when the person doing the nominating potentially would change.
Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid did the same thing in 2010, another MIDTERM election year.
Besides, has Chuckie paid attention to the primaries going on? There is no guarantee Democrats will pick up seats in the Senate. In fact, the way things are going, as of January, Republicans may well have more of a majority. Democrats aren’t showing up at the polls, and more than one incumbent has been primaried out of office.
The argument against voting before the November elections, of course, is that McConnell held up the confirmation of Merrick Garland who was nominated to replace Justice Antonin Scalia who died in 2016. That hold continued until Trump was inaugurated, and he proceeded to give us Justice Neil Gorsuch, a staunch constitutionalist.
Now, President Trump gets the opportunity to replace the swing vote with someone who won’t swing so much. That has American conservatives cheering, and liberals jeering before they get ‘splodey head syndrome.
Yes, 2018 is going to be one heck of a year.