When I do, it is to call out extreme hypocrisy.
In 2016, Senator Mitch McConnell (the Senate Majority leader) blocked the confirmation of President Barrack Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court, Judge Merrick Garland, following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February. Despite the fact that Scalia died in February of 2016, a full 342 days before the next president would take office, McConnell said that it would be irresponsible to confirm a new justice in an election year. By blocking the nomination and refusing to put the matter on the floor, McConnell handed President Trump his first SCOTUS nomination on essentially his first day of office in 2017, a nomination which he used to give us Justice Neil Gorsuch.
Why am I bringing this up? Because last night after the announcement of the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Mitch McConnell said that President Trump's nomination to replace the notorious RBG would be given highest priority in the Senate.
In an election year.
Less than 60 days from election day.
Here's an article from Mother Jones
on the matter.
For those who prefer a more fair and balanced news source, here's a nearly identical article from the Wall Street Journal
The Supreme Court is not supposed to be political. Its role is to interpret federal law and, in particular, the United States Constitution, in order to rule on cases brought before it from lower courts. Yet each party (Republicans and Democrats) seeks to place justices on the court that will advance either a right- or left-wing agenda. Historically the dividing line between the two has been slight enough that the Court has served as a fair interpretation of the Constitution, either from the viewpoint of a living document (the Textualist) or from the viewpoint of the original framers of the Constitution (the Originalist view). In recent years the divide between the two has widened to the point that the makeup of the Court determines whether the Court will be predominantly Liberal or Conservative, and so the nomination of a Supreme Court Justice is crucial for a party to advance their own agenda through the courts. This has been seen in the current administration whereby many states have been pushing harder and harder anti-abortion laws in order to have the matter brought to the Supreme Court, where a challenge to Roe v. Wade may be made directly.
Justice Ginsberg was appointed under President Bill Clinton and was a strong advocate for women's rights.
In President Obama's 8 years as President, he made two Supreme Court Justice appointments - Justice Sonia Sotomayor, replacing Justice David Souter; and Justice Elena Kagen, replacing Justice John Paul Stevens. Judge Merrick Garland would have been his third appointment.
If President Trump gets his appointment to the Senate floor before election day, as Senator Mitch McConnell has already stated, it will be his third appointment in just four years.
And this is why all this matters, and why I am calling out McConnell's hypocrisy.