Hypocrisy is piling on itself when it comes to replacing the late Ruther Bader Ginsburg on the United States Supreme Court. You wouldn’t expect Illinois politicians to miss the chance to join in on that, would you?
The issue is whether the United States Senate should act immediately on a nomination to be made by President Trump for Ginsburg’s replacement instead of waiting until after the elections.
Republicans want to act now but Democrats say wait until after the election when they hope to gain control the process.
Specifically, they all cite President Obama’s March 2016 nomination of Merrick Garland to the Court. The Senate, which must consent to nominations and was controlled by Republicans at the time, wouldn’t act, leaving the seat open. Let the election play out so the people have a say, Republicans argued at the time. It was later filled later by President Trump’s appointment of Neil Gorsuch.
It would therefore be hypocritical for Republicans not to do the same now, say Pritzker, Durbin, Lightfoot and many other Democrats. “It should be humiliating” for Republicans to consider filling the seat now, said Durbin.
But their own hypocrisy about that hypocrisy should be at least as humiliating. Obama, Hillary Clinton, Durbin and virtually all leading Democrats said in 2016 that there’s no reason to wait in an election year. Here’s a nice video collection of their comments:
Republicans claim no hypocrisy on their part because things are different when the presidency and Senate are in the hands of the same party, as they are now. The Constitution clearly vests the appointment power in the presidency and the Senate, and they have to agree. No minimum number of justices is specified. They didn’t agree in 2016, but they presumably would now, so there’s the difference.
Think what you want about that argument. Here’s what’s indisputable: To claim that Democrats, if they situation were reversed, wouldn’t try to fill the seat just as Republicans are trying now is simply laughable.
Laughable hypocrisy, however, is the currency of the realm in today’s politics.