Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:
We have all seen videos of Senate Republicans — Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham and others pretending to stand on “principle” in 2016 as they denied a hearing for Obama’s Supreme Court nominee and defended the idea that the American people should be given the opportunity to decide a Supreme Court appointment that occurred during an election year.
The same senators pretend to stand on “principle” again as they reverse their 2016 rule at this point in this election year. Disregarding the majority will of the American people and his own 2016 rule, Mitch McConnell allows Trump a Supreme Court nomination and pushes to fill the vacant seat left by Ruth Bader Ginsburg weeks before an election. Neither the rights of the next president or of the American people matter when Republicans see a way to grab more power. To Republican “alternate facts” in the executive branch, we can now add “honorable hypocrisy” in the Republican Senate.
In response, Democrats threaten to increase the number of judges on the court to provide balance or a liberal court. Republicans call this “packing the court” and accuse Democrats of an abuse of power that will undermine the court’s legitimacy.
Isn’t preventing a hearing on a presidential nominee as was done with Obama, or approving a hearing of a nominee against the will of the American people and their own 2016 rule just before an election, just another way to “pack the court”? Isn’t this an abuse of power that will undermine not only the court’s legitimacy but the credibility of the presidency and the Senate as well? On all counts — you bet it is.