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Supreme Court: Eight Is Enough

Category: GOP Politics
Posted: 01/08/17 00:02

by Dave Mindeman

One week prior to the election on November 1st, NC Senator Richard Burr said this....

(Burr) promised that he would oppose any candidate Hillary Clinton nominated to fill the vacancy created by Antonin Scalia's death "if Hillary Clinton becomes president, I am going to do everything I can do to make sure four years from now, we still got an opening on the Supreme Court."

Burr was not alone in that sentiment as Republican think tanks began developing rationales for keeping the court at 8.

But now that the election has given them the advantage, the GOP cannot conceive of the Democrats doing such a thing. Their thinking has turned 180 degrees the other way and have chastised the very thought that Democrats might propose doing the very same thing.

Democrats in the Senate need to consider this. What is good for the goose should be good for the gander. Republicans play this game much too often and get away with it. These type of power plays, seemingly, are only allowed if they, the GOP, get to do them. If the very same scenario appears for the Democrats, then it is wrong and "bad for the American people".

It is so transparently hypocritical, yet they seem perfectly fine with the contradictory responses.

If that is the new norm, then the Democrats need to follow that path. We are looking at four years of uncertainty - and Senate Democrats hold the only card that can be played.

Exercise the self proclaimed right that the Republicans have been bold enough to assert. You are only following their example.

Do it.
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