In the wake of the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, there is much controversy around the selection of her successor. President Trump has said he will nominate a new justice and the Republican leader of the Senate has said they will vote on the nominee. Democrats are outraged, saying that a President should not appoint a justice to the Supreme Court in an election year.
You may have seen the memes on social media quoting Republican Senators saying that they wouldn’t vote on a Supreme Court nominee in an election year. Of course, that was when the situation was reversed and President Obama had nominated Merrick Garland during an election year. Garland’s nomination never went anywhere, the election brought in new President who nominated a new justice.
There is no doubt that Senate Republicans will be/are hypocritical after not holding hearings on Garland because it was an election year. Yet, the fact that there was a Garland nomination at all says that Democrats are telling Trump NOT to do what Obama DID do–nominate someone in an election year (and, of course, Biden was Obama’s VP and argued heavily in favor of Garland’s confirmation, as did Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi). The whole political class is corrupt. And the crazy thing is that they all try to convince people that their hypocrisy is somehow less hypocritical than the other parties’ hypocrisy. McConnell, Schumer and Biden are all the same and they do it because we, the voters, tolerate it.. Yet, surprisingly, many of us voters are only concerned about the hypocrisy of the ‘other side’, which of course means that we aren’t really concerned about hypocrisy at all.