Republican Senators: The Next President Should Pick the Next Supreme Court Justice… Unless the President is Hillary Clinton
The Huffington Post reports on Republican Senator Orrin Hatch and Republican Senator Jeff Flake, who both propose the new principle that the sitting U.S. President should not be able to name and have Senate confirmation hearings on a nominee for a vacant Supreme Court seat.
That’s old news. The entire Republican leadership has committed to this principle in a time-honored tradition going all the way back to… a couple of months ago, when a vacancy appeared on the Supreme Court and the GOP decided it didn’t want President Barack Obama to have presidential powers any more.
So OK, it’s not exactly OLD news, but it isn’t poppin’-fresh. What is poppin’-fresh news is Senators Hatch and Flake declaring that this brand-new principle should apply… unless Hillary Clinton wins the election. If that happens, they’ve told the press, then the Senate should go ahead with President Obama’s nominee after all, because Merrick Garland is more conservative than anyone Clinton would pick.
Got that? The rock-hard Republican principles, which the Republicans just invented, should count until those principles disadvantage the Republicans, at which those principles should be discarded.
I don’t think that’s what the word “principle” means. Maybe they should call it a “secondicle,” or “heptupicle,” or something. That’s it: the Republican party stands, no, slouches, no, lies feebly next to its heptuplicles.
Can you fit that on a bumper sticker?