- 27 Oct 2020 02:15
@Politics_Observer, the Democrats were the ones that decided to eliminate the filibuster for judges--sure, they tried to pretend that it wouldn't apply to Supreme Court justices, but they were warned at the time that that wouldn't hold and went ahead, anyway. So the person the Democrats can blame for Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Barrett ending up on the Supreme Court is the Democratic then-Senate Majority leader Harry Reid and all the Democratic senators of the time that supported him. As for packing the Court, that would require eliminating the filibuster entirely, and after how the last time ended up I strongly suspect there are Democratic senators that are seriously leery of doing that. If the Democrats do win control of both the presidency and the Senate, what we'll see first is a Democratic civil war over the filibuster.
As for the so-called "double standard," McConnell was simply following Senate precedent. Throughout our history (including Barrett), there have been 30 times that Supreme Court seats have become vacant during presidential election years--20 times when the Senate and Presidency were controlled by the same party, and 10 times they didn't. All 20 times both under the same party's control the president has made a nomination, and 18 times those nominees have been confirmed. For the other 10, 4 times the president didn't bother to make a nomination and of the 6 times he did only one was confirmed. So the ones insisting that the Senate break with precedent were the Democrats with their demand that the seat be left vacant.
And no, the Supreme Court is not a Leftist Perfectionist fiefdom that the Republicans have no right to dream might be returned to its role of referee rather than another legislative body. If the Democrats go all out to return control of the Court to Leftist Perfectionists, they are going to do immense damage to the Supreme Court, to the federal government, and to the country generally.
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