There’s hue and cry from the Republicans in Congress about the potential filibuster of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch.
Their argument goes like this: They have the votes to unilaterally change the rules of the Senate so that Judge Gorsuch may be confirmed with a simple majority vote. They have asked, why go nuclear over a nominee that seems qualified to do the job?
Let me remind them.
Last year, Republicans in Congress refused to grant a hearing to another qualified nominee, Merrick Garland. Judge Garland was nominated with nearly a year left on President Obama’s term. However, congressional Republicans argued that Mr. Obama was a lame duck president, and should not have been permitted to nominate someone for as important a position as Supreme Court Justice.
But, today, we have a sitting president who could care less about the plight of regular Americans. We have a sitting present who uses his office as a marketing and promotional tool to advance his own personal and business interests. And, we have a sitting president who may very well be a Manchurian Candidate, installed into office by a foreign intelligence service.
In spite of all this, Republicans in Congress are willing to grant this man license to nominate candidates for the most important court in the land?
This is not normal, and the hypocrisy here is so thick, you could cut it with a knife.
The right play here, for both parties, is to suspend nominations and block legislative actions by the president until a full investigation into his ties to Russia is completed; likewise, action by congress should be withheld until the president begins to govern with the best interests of Americans—vs. himself—in mind.
It’s Tuesday, April 4, 2017.