By JOHN KANELIS / email@example.com
The hypocrisy ringing throughout the halls of the nation’s Capitol Building is becoming the stuff of legend.
Four years ago, Republican U.S. senators said time and time again that no president should be allowed to fill a Supreme Court seat during an election year. They didn’t qualify the assertion. They didn’t stipulate presidents of any particular party.
They said no president, none, should move forward with selecting a justice when we have a presidential election on tap.
You will recall in early 2016 when Justice Antonin Scalia died suddenly. President Barack Obama wanted to name a successor. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said “not so fast.” He slammed the brakes on a nomination.
GOP senators stepped up and said the same thing. No president should select someone for a lifetime during an election year.
Recall that Scalia died nearly 10 months before the 2016 presidential election. Now we have Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died just 48 days prior to the next election.
Republican senators are ignoring their own assertion. They now want to rush a nomination forward before the Nov. 3 election.
What happened to the 2016 mantra of “giving the people a voice” in who should sit on the Supreme Court? Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida even went so far as to say he would make that demand when we have a Republican president. Hey, Marco, we have one now … bub! What say you these days about seating someone to succeed Ruth Bader Ginsburg? I know. It’s full steam ahead!
The people still deserve a voice before the Senate acts on Donald Trump’s expected nomination of someone to succeed the great Justice Ginsburg. If the Senate GOP thought it was true in 2016 when Barack Obama sought to fill a post vacated by Justice Scalia’s death, then it should hold to that philosophy now.
Right? Oh wait! The Party of Trump doesn’t believe in ethics, fairness, truth-telling and honor.