With the passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, many Senate Republicans are being called out for past comments and their sudden willingness to hold a vote on a new justice this close to a presidential election. Progressive Populist Editor Jim Cullen dove into these words on AWF Union Podcast.
Nearly a year before the 2016 election, Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Merrick Garland, a President Obama Supreme Court nominee, would not receive a confirmation hearing. McConnell said the Senate vote would not vote on Garland’s nomination because it was too close to an election and the American people should decide. At the time, nearly every Republican Senator agreed it was too close to an election to fill a seat.
When Ginsburg passed less than two months before the upcoming presidential election, almost every Republican Senator said the opposite and wanted to vote to fill the seat prior to the election.
Cullen said the word of Republican Senators can no longer be trusted, as many are quoted as saying they would hold open the seat if it were a Republican President.
If the seat is filled by a hard-line conservative, such as Amy Coney Barrett, the damages to labor rights and human rights may be irreparable. The political right will be able to do anything they want with the blessing of an conservative supreme court.
Cullen then suggested what Senate Democrats and Joe Biden should do to take back the Senate and the White House.
He said the first order of business should be the removal of the filibuster rule. This would allow Senate Democrats to impose their agenda with less resistance. The Senate should then pack Supreme Court in order to restore a more representative body instead of the massive conservative majority. Finally, he said Biden needs to nominate liberal judges to restore balance and fairness to the high court.