In a rhetorical about-face that should surprise nobody, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. (F, 2%) has pledged to do everything in his power to block President-elect Donald Trump’s Supreme Court moves going forward.
Schumer told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Tuesday that he “absolutely” plans to keep Justice Antonin Scalia’s vacant seat open indefinitely.
Schumer will do his best to hold 'stolen' Supreme Court seat open. https://t.co/YPEJSCsji5
— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) January 4, 2017
Barring a new nuclear option, if Sen. Schumer can muster enough Senate votes behind his cause (even though Americans elected a Republican government with the future Supreme Court as a chief election issue), the seat will stay open. The Constitution grants Congress the responsibility to control the size and scope of the courts – something they should do with far more discretion and zeal, mind you.
After all, as I wrote yesterday, this is politics. Obviously, the Senate minority leader’s plan is completely out of step with the American people, but what else can you expect from the Democratic Party these days?
The issue at hand here is the sheer hypocrisy.
Oh, how elections can change things. The Democrats no longer have the prospect of turning the federal high court into a stronger version of the liberal battering ram it has become over the past few decades, and now Sen. Schumer sounds exactly like the same politicians he was telling to “Do your job!” just months ago.
Yes, after months of contorting the intent of the Constitution to sell the idea that it was the job of the Senate GOP to usher Merrick Garland into Scalia’s vacant seat, the minority leader has miraculously rediscovered the Senate’s checking power on the judicial branch – just in time for the new administration.
Democrat obstructionism is sure to be a thorn in the side of everyone who voted for the new president-elect, because the voters didn’t want to see Justice Scalia replaced with a leftist water-carrier. Luckily, Democrats have created enough of a template over the past few months to give the Senate majority all the rhetorical ammo they need for the fights ahead.
Sen. Chuck Schumer’s hypocrisy here is ripe for mockery, and the GOP should give it to him – as H.L. Mencken would put it – good and hard. (For more from the author of “Hypocrite Up-Chuck Schumer Wants to Keep Scalia’s Seat Open Forever” please click HERE)