Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Schumer to Republicans: Don't twist my words on Supreme Court votes

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) attends a news conference on Amtrak funding on Capitol Hill in Washington May 21, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas - RTX1E099

Senate Republicans are trying to use 2007 remarks by Chuck Schumer to claim that, if the situation were reversed, Democrats would be doing just what Republicans are doing now and saying they’d refuse to consider any Supreme Court nominee whatsoever. Schumer has gone to Medium to argue basically that this isn’t any more honest than Republican claims that presidents just stop nominating justices in their final year in office:
What I said in the speech given in 2007 is simple: Democrats, after a hearing, should entertain voting no if the nominee is out of the mainstream and tries to cover that fact up. There was no hint anywhere in the speech that there shouldn’t be hearings or a vote. Only that if after hearings and a vote, Democrats determined that the nominee was out of the mainstream and trying to hide it, they should have no qualms about voting no. Nor was there any hint that this idea that Democrats should oppose hard right ideologues should apply only in the fourth year of the president’s term. In fact, I said it should apply to this president, George W. Bush, or any future president whenever they nominated such a candidate. [...]
the wisdom of the Founding Fathers dictates that we should go through a full vetting and confirmation process so that we and the nation can determine whether these candidates are out of the mainstream even in this ideological era. Republicans are attempting to shirk their duty in a way that would be simply 
sorry you don't get to do your dirt than try to qualify it by saying the other party would do it too.  it's a baseless claim nothing to compare it to probably not in any past republican congress's either but they put it out there that is the goal they depend on Fox et al to repeat it base slurps it up leaving the feeding trough clean and job done.  except not enough of them to win a general election, heads up spend some of that witch hunt money on math lessons.