It’s About Damned Time!

After decades of bringing a plastic toy bat to a gunfight, the GOP – that party with an uncanny record of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory – finally grew some gonads and “went nuclear” on the confirmation process for Judge Neil Gorsuch.

It’s about damned time!

The result is that Gorsuch has taken his rightful place on the bench at the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS).

We’ve all heard the incessant bleating from the left. “It’s a stolen seat! It should be Merrick Garland’s! Senate rules! Tradition!” Blah, blah, ad nauseum, ad infinitum.

I, for one, couldn’t care less about their whining. In fact, in all honesty, I’m absolutely reveling in it! Because the time finally came when they had to pay the piper, and they didn’t like it one little bit. They’re squealing like stuck pigs. Good!

For decades, for purely political purposes, they changed rules, and moved the goalposts, at will. They counted on the GOP to consider themselves to be above such “petty” political games when they were themselves in power, and for the most part they’ve been right… up to now. The GOP was indeed stupid enough to keep letting them get away with it while refusing to resort to the same tactics themselves.

This kind of cynical, manipulative behavior goes all the way back to FDR, who threatened to “pack” the Supreme Court with like-minded leftist judges who’d back his socialist programs, and when the GOP legislators chickened out and backed off, the stage was set.

When Reagan nominated Robert Bork, a superbly qualified originalist jurist, to SCOTUS the scurrilous attacks on his character, ironically led by Ted Kennedy – the “Lion of the Senate” who was apparently taking a break from molesting and drowning young interns at the time – were so outrageous that Bork ended up withdrawing from consideration. The episode was so shameful it even led to the coining of the term “borking” for subjecting nominees to irrational and unreasonable political attacks.

When Bush I nominated Clarence Thomas to SCOTUS Senate Dems tried, unsuccessfully, to “bork” him with the infamous Anita Hill slander. When Bush II nominated Samuel Alito Senate Dems tried unsuccessfully to filibuster his appointment. They did successfully block Bush II’s nominee to the DC Circuit, Miguel Estrada, using a filibuster.

Yet when the shoe has been on the other foot, Dem/socialist nominees have sailed through to an easy confirmation, in spite of their political bent, with little to no GOP opposition, die-hard doctrinaire leftist Ruth Bader Ginsburg being a classic example. A Carter appointment, she was confirmed in the Senate by a vote of 96 to 3. Breyer was confirmed 87 to 9; Kagan by 63 to 37; and Sotomayor by 67 to 29.

When Bush I was president then-Senator Joe Biden – who was at the time chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee – said he would block any Bush nominee to SCOTUS that may occur in an election year. So much for the “stolen seat” of Merrick Garland, since all the Senate GOPers did during the last year of Obama’s term was follow that very same “Biden Rule”.

And when Obama was president the ever-despicable Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader at the time, used the so-called “nuclear option” to eliminate the filibuster option for all judicial appointments other than to SCOTUS, thereby ensuring that Obama was able to load the lower-level Circuit Court system with activist leftist jurists. The truth is in the numbers: at the end of Bush II’s term ten of thirteen circuit courts had majorities nominated by Republican presidents. But as of now, nine of them have majorities nominated by Democrat presidents. In other words, the situation reversed by almost 180 degrees during Obama’s time in office.

There’s nothing in the Constitution that requires anything other than a simple majority for the Senate to act. As it’s been used on judicial appointments, in reality it’s been a tyranny of the minority exploited by the Dem/socialists to pack the court system, right up to and including SCOTUS, with activists more concerned with advancing a “social justice” agenda than with ensuring that proper legal and constitutional principles are observed.

Thus the irony is so thick it can be cut with a knife when Mitch McConnell and the other Senate Republicans used the Democrats’ own traditional strategy, the “nuclear option”, to ensure Gorsuch’s ascension to a seat on SCOTUS. It’s why the wailing and bleating of the left is music to my ears.

Their own chickens have come home to roost.

 

 

©Brian Baker 2017

(Also published today in my local newspaper: The Signal)

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15 comments on “It’s About Damned Time!

  1. captbogus2 says:

    Yep. Their chickens have come home to roost. But I have a deep seated feeling Senator McConnell exercised the nuclear option more out of fear for his precious tenure in the Senate by Irate Kentuckians than for any other reason. One right act does not change a weasel to an Easter Bunny…

    • BrianR says:

      I can’t argue with you about that, Buck.

      But whatever works. If it’s the fear of losing his seat, then that’s politics working the way it should, I guess.

    • AfterShock says:

      We finally got one, at least we hope. We’ll see how serious McConnell and the rest of the Repubs in the Senate are about reeling in the Ct via the appointment and confirmation process when the next Justice retires or leaves by some less fortunate means. That’s where the long knives will really be out.

  2. Hardnox says:

    While this is good news, I’m with Buck on this one. The GOP are lead by pussies. It is past time they acted like adults since they have the majority in both houses. Tell the left to STFU, adopt an America First position, and keep moving. The country will applaud their actions.

    • BrianR says:

      Agreed.

      This is one tick. Let’s see if it continues. Their efforts so far on Obozocare sure don’t bode well.

      • captbogus2 says:

        Give him a chance. It was a bad bill from the get go. President Trump is a different breed of alley cat and I have a feeling he will be back with another repeal effort. I just wish they ALL would cease and desist with the ‘replace’ idea. It just ain’t the government’s responsibility to insure all of us have health care.

      • BrianR says:

        I agree.

  3. Kathy says:

    Buck is right – McConnell did it to save his own bacon. Folks were praising him like some kind of hero, when all he did was do his dang job. One roar does not make him king of the jungle.

    Former Senate Majority Leader and Dem,Tom Daschle said: “Unfortunately, Democrats have far dirtier hands when it comes to the erosion of the institutional pillars of the Senate than Republicans going all the way back – they used to do filibusters in the House and the Senate. And the Senate, the House took them away in the 1830s, and the Senate began taking them away under Woodrow Wilson in 1917–then getting rid of the talking filibuster in the 70s–and then the whole budget process was a Democratic product, and that was in my view a procedural disaster.

    Then we lowered the threshold from 67 to 60. That was a Democratic effort. And then in 2013, we took it away completely for nominations and that was Democratic. So, Democrats who may lament this institutional deterioration, I think there’s a lot of history here that can’t be explained away.”

    They eroded the protocols, then whine when the Rs finally used their own tactics. Bunch of sore loser brats, but it still gives me a chuckle.

  4. captbogus2 says:

    Check my FB page. I voted to make April 7 Harry Reid Appreciation Day!

  5. CW says:

    I agree, Brian. It’s about damn time.

    Something is rotten in Denmark when activist judges (i.e. non-constitutionalists) like Ginsburg, Breyer, Kagan and Sotomayor can be easily confirmed by a senate whose job is to protect the Constitution but judges who promise to uphold the Constitution are shut out. Huh? This isn’t just politics; it’s anarchy masquerading as politics.

    I hope Trump’s advisors will get to help him pick at least two more judges in the near future, and to tell you the truth I’m not too picky as to how those openings become available.

  6. rileyaren@ca.rr.com says:

    EXCELLENT!!!

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