Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Republicans Playing Politics with SCOTUS? Oh, My!

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) says Democrats are making a political game out of the nominee to replace recently expired judge Antonin Scolia. (Report here.)

"Why would the other side come to the floor to express outrage about not having a hearing?" Grassley said. "It's because they want to make this as political as possible, he says. ... "That's why the president wants to push forward with a nominee that won't get confirmed. That's why the other side is clamoring for a hearing on a nominee everyone knows won't get confirmed. And making the court even more political is absolutely the last thing that the Supreme Court needs."

The Republicans, always stand-up guys, would never dream of playing politics over something as important to the nation as a Supreme Court appointment, a seat that could easily go unfilled until April, 2017 at the earliest. I read that between then and now, the Supremes would hear nearly 120 cases and ties would revert to the lower court's decision, one that does not set precedent.

But playing politics? Oh, puhleeeeeeze!

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