McConnell’s Shunning Of Obama Supreme Court Nominee Sets Bad Precedent
When the transition period between the Obama Administration and Trump Administration took place, the big debate was passing President Obama’s Supreme Court nominations. Supreme Court Judge Antonin Scalia had passed away and the race was on to replace him. Obama had Merrick Garland tabbed but the thing was the Republican led Senate was bent on blocking any Obama nominees. That blocking charge was led by none other than Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. As we know Trump would take office and in no time Neil Gorsuch was confirmed to replace Scalia. A recent piece by Frank Garrison explores the issue (http://www.tennessean.com/story/opinion/contributors/2016/05/07/mcconnells-obstructionism-sets-dangerous-precedent/83895006/).
The sad thing is that McConnell and the Republicans shunning of the Obama nominee in Garland has set a bad precedent and it could be something that will could see the shoe on the other foot in future administrations. The thing is that future Democratic administration could come on the next cycle.
With the recent Democratic governor wins in Virginia and New Jersey, one can easily say that the midterm elections could spell doom for the Republicans in 2020. If the Republicans lose control in the 2018 midterms, it can be said for just about certain that Donald Trump will be a one term president. So what does this have to do with Sen. McConnell and his coup to deny a liberal Supreme Court judicial nominee?
If the Democrats happen to win the presidency in 2020, this could mean that they could see a current Supreme Court judge retire. One that will certainly be in that spotlight is the current oldest sitting Supreme Court justice and that is Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Ginsburg was a Clinton appointee and was a staunch supporter of women’s rights and was a former American Civil Liberties Union lawyer. At 84 years old, one can easily say that Ginsburg could be retiring sooner than later.
The McConnell led protest against a Democratic Supreme Court nominee could play out against him as if Ginsburg were to retire during the last year of a Trump presidency. If the Democrats take over in 2018, which certainly is looking that way, the same thing that was seen in 2016 with Merrick Garland will be seen with any Republican nominee that will be thrust forward. The thing is that nominee will be stalled and the Republicans will have nobody to blame but themselves and current Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.