RBG SCOTUS Vacancy - There is enough hypocrisy to go around

from The Gray Area:
The unfortunate passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg has set in motion an entirely predictable political firestorm about filing her now vacant seat. The Democrats & Republicans are taking up there positions on each side of the issue. The media has also predictably lined up firmly behind the Democrats. No surprises here. Also no surprise is the hypocrisy evident from both sides: Partisan politics at its best/worst! Article II section 2 of the Constitution states that the Presidents "shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint ... Judges of the Supreme Court..." Here is the process. Doesn't seem like 43 days before the election is enough to get all this done. The recent addition of the public hearing, or spectacle or political theatre, however you want to define those, helps to drag out the process. In the early days of the country, this process would only take days vs months now. But, you can bet that both sides will pull out all the stops to speed up (Republicans) and slow down (Democrats) the process. There is nothing unusual about filing a Supreme Court seat during an election year. It has happened 29 times. However, this is the second closest to an election in history, which helps fuel the political and media hysteria. There is nothing unusual about the President performing his Constitutional duties and nominating a justice candidate. There is nothing unusual about the Senate performing its Constitutional responsibilities to confirm that candidate or not. Ruth Bader Ginsburg's 'last wish' to have her seat filled by the next administration reflects a political priority that is damaging to the Court's overall objective and to the execution of the Court's Constitutional work. No matter what happens with this Supreme Court seat, Democrats have promised to 'pack the court', expand seats from 9 to 13 or more, if they get control of Congress and the Presidency on November 3rd. A high stakes political maneuver. Haven't we come to expect unending historic circumstances this year. And, even more to come in only 43 days!

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