If you could find an honest Republican and ask why it’s OK to push a replacement for Ruth Bader Ginsburg right now, that honest Republican would say, “Fuck you, that’s why”
In early 2016, McConnell said he would not give Merrick Garland his confirmation proceedings because, he argued, voters should get to decide through the presidential election. He has repeatedly reversed his own standard and said he would fill a vacancy under Trump, even in an election year.
His intent to move ahead came despite Ginsburg’s dying wish. In a posthumous statement released to NPR, Ginsburg said: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”
McConnell has rationalized his decision by saying the standards were different because the White House and the Senate were controlled by different parties in 2016, which is not the case this year.https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/supreme-court-trump-mcconnell-ginsburg/2020/09/18/5aafafc8-fa0a-11ea-a275-1a2c2d36e1f1_story.html
It does not matter what bullshit excuse Mitch McConnell or any other lying Republican comes up with for reversing their position. Anything other than “Fuck you” is a lie.
For those who just arrived from distant planets, just four years ago Republicans blocked Obama’s nomination for Supreme Court, claiming that it was too close to an election and the people should have a chance to speak before a nominee is heard. Now we’re much closer to an election than we were back then, and they are ramming through a replacement because they doubt they’ll get the chance after the people have spoken.
Lying is the natural state of Republicans. It’s a requirement for politicians of a party designed to prevent economic mobility which needs votes from people who think they’ll succeed if they work hard. It’s a requirement for voters who support a lying, philandering, draft dodging, executive order issuing, Constitution breaking, police state supporting, hero insulting, dictator loving, “king of debt“, criminal president after pretending for decades that these are the reasons they hate Democrats.
Republicans have always been dishonest, but they used to have some dignity and love for our nation. All that’s left now is lying politicians stringing along racists and ignoramuses while they tighten their grip on power despite the majority of the electorate wanting them out.
Hypocrisy has also been a requirement for Republicans, but they’ve sunk to a new depth now.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s deathbed wish was a request for Republicans to stick to their own stated principals. They’re response is “Fuck you.”
During the Obama years, Pat Leahy who was the chair of the Senate Judicial Committee, boasted about letting the Republican minority have a say in judicial appointments, respecting Senate tradition. Republicans used that courtesy and their own dirty tricks to prevent Obama from filling judicial vacancies. Now, that courtesy is out the window, and Republicans are filling vacancies that they held open while they were the minority. Trump calls these vacancies “golden nuggets” and pretends to wonder why Obama didn’t fill them.
To Republicans, the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a beloved Supreme Court icon, is a big golden nugget. They have no respect for her legacy and no consideration for her dying wish, even if that wish is simply a request for a moment of decent, honest behavior.
Lying Republicans are on social media explaining that it’s in keeping with rules to seat a Supreme Court justice right before an election, and even using Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s words to back them up. They’re playing tricks. Just four years ago they said the opposite of what they’re saying now and anyone who supports this for any reason other than “Fuck you” is a lying hypocrite no matter what the rules are.