Republicans have gone to extreme lengths to establish ideological dominance on the Supreme Court. After the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to even consider a nominee from President Obama. Instead, McConnell held the seat open for nearly a year, hoping for a Republican victory in November.
It’s becoming so hard to focus on my various fears for my grandchildren. Help me to decide which subject I should be more terrified of...a lunatic SCOTUS, the dismantling of our democracy, or the destruction of our environment.
We are now witnessing the execution phase of a plot to stack the courts with ultra-conservatives that goes back decades. And like Trump, Chief Justice Roberts feels so emboldened that the Court's partisan decisions are now blatantly obvious. It was five Republican-appointed justices who ended the recount and named George Bush president in 2000, going so far as to write their decision was a one-off and should not be considered a precedent. After all, they didn't want a Democrat to benefit from a recount that is stopped before it reaches its conclusion. Let's remember that Bush filled two Supreme Court seats.
Conspiracy theory? Mitch McConnell showed his hand when he refused to even allow a vote on Merrick Garland, declaring the American people should decide who picks the next SC Justice since the presidential election was a year away. Still trying to find that "election year" rule in the Constitution. But maybe I should stop looking since McConnell boasted he would fill a seat in an election year as long as Trump was in office.
And it wasn't just the Supreme Court seat that McConnell and the GOP held open. McConnell refused to act on more than a hundred Obama federal court nominees, which is why Trump—via McConnell and the Federalist Society—has already given out more lifetime federal court judgeships in three years than Obama did in eight.
More than 25% of federal judges are Trump appointees. If he wins re-election, the far-right takeover of the federal court system will be complete and the last line of defense in the Trump/GOP's war on government will be lost.
I don't think McConnell held the seat open because he was "hoping" for a Republican victory. I think he knew from the beginning that the election results were already determined.
I’m not sure I would describe them as having gone “quietly“ MAGA. Seems pretty loud & proud to me
Malodorous roads all lead back to Stephen Miller.
If you think that it's bad now, just wait until he wins re-election. We better hope that RBG and other liberal Justices make it through the next four plus years or the Supreme Court will be lost for generations.
This news is unsurprising yet disheartening. Everyday we creep one more step closer to a dictatorship and one that could run in family lineage just like North Korea. My four kids have a troubled future ahead.
It is like being at a dyke with all fingers and toes in cracks growing larger by the day. The flood will be sudden but we have known it was coming.
Yet how can a free people prepare for tyranny?
God help us.
Has anyone explored whether McConnell, by holding the seat open for a year, violated his Constitutional imperative?