Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh just issued a challenge to Mitch McConnell to make a huge move that will enrage the left like nothing Trump or the GOP has ever done.
But it may be necessary to stop another spectacle from happening that could damage the reputation of the Supreme Court.
Rush is telling Senate Republicans to not even bother holding a confirmation hearing process for President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.
Instead, he is telling them to just go right to the floor and hold a vote. Look, The Dem’s only chance is to try to stall and drag out the hearings and hope to find some skeleton that they could use to block the nominee.
That is not likely as these people are vetted. The constitution only says advise and consent so they don’t have to hold hearings and with the GOP already on record as saying they will support Trump’s pick – if qualified a few said but the names have already been vetted so Trump has the votes.
So why bother with the spectacle? The counterargument is to hold them and let the Dems attack a woman and implode politically which could help Senate and House races.
“I want the Judiciary Committee — that could be great if it were skipped,” Limbaugh said.
“We don’t need to open that up for whatever length of time, so that whoever this nominee is can be Kavanaugh’d, or Borked, or Thomas’d. Because that’s what it’s going to be, especially when it’s not even required.”
“We don’t want to give Kamala Harris the opportunity to grandstand in that committee, as a vice-presidential running mate,” he said.
From The Hill:
Limbaugh was referring to Supreme Court Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Clarence Thomas, who were confirmed in controversial hearings, and fellow conservative Robert Bork, who was not confirmed to the court.
President Trump is poised to nominate a new justice to replace liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the Senate would move quickly to consider a Trump nominee.
Democrats argue the decision on a Ginsburg replacement should wait until after the election, noting that Republicans made that argument when they refused to vote on President Obama’s pick to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February 2016.
Two GOP senators, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska have said the vote should not take place until after the election. Four GOP senators would need to oppose an earlier vote or McConnell would have the support to go forward.
Rush Limbaugh calls for Trump’s Supreme Court nomination to skip the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings and go straight to a floor vote pic.twitter.com/4jc33X3D0W— Media Matters (@mmfa) September 21, 2020
Limbaugh: “We don’t want to give Kamala Harris the opportunity to grandstand in that committee, as a vice-presidential running mate”— Media Matters (@mmfa) September 21, 2020