How Do They Sleep at Night?

This came across my newsfeed this morning.Why am I surprised that no Republicans in Congress possesses even an ounce of scruples?

Why would I think that any Republican in Congress, including those who previously insisted that they would not support filling a vacancy for a new Supreme Court justice in a presidential election year, are now saying that they will support, just 41 days before our next presidential election, filling the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg?

These spineless, unscrupulous, lying, hypocritical Republicans want to reverse Roe v. Wade, thus taking away a woman’s right to manage her own reproductive healthcare. They want to destroy the Affordable Care Act, thus depriving millions of Americans of access to cost-effective healthcare. And with a solid, 6 to 3 conservative majority on the high court, that is exactly what the Republicans will be able to accomplish when pending cases on Roe v. Wade and the ACA come before the court.

Most important, these scuzzy Republicans want to give their Lord and Master, Donald Trump, a conservative majority on the Supreme Court so that when he contests the election — and Trump has already told us that is what he’s planning to do — he will have the support of the right-wing high court to declare him the victor.

Because of Trump, McConnell, Barr, and all of the Republican sycophants in Congress, democracy America is over. Putin has won. How do they look at themselves in the mirror? How do they sleep at night?

I am angry. I am frustrated. I am tired. I am depressed. I am without hope. And I’m heartbroken.

Who Won The Week? 09/20/2020

10CC3057-4EEA-4C80-B8C1-700C0FC6C906It’s time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

I’m sorry for running late with today’s Who Won the Week post, but I am still reeling after the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Thus, I’m feeling hard pressed to come up with someone or something to select.I would hope that RBG’s passing could serve to energize Democrats and liberals by making it painfully clear what having a 6 to 3 conservative majority on the Supreme Court would do to the future of our nation. Her death makes very real the choice American voters have in November as perhaps no other issue can.

For those on the left, the Notorious RBG’s death is potentially disastrous, opening up the possibility that her seat on the Supreme Court could be filled by someone who would cement a far right conservative majority for years.

For those on the right, the vacancy presents the opportunity to fulfill a decades-long drive to change the nature of the court for a generation, including putting judges who oppose abortion at the top of their list.

Ginsburg’s death also changes the dynamic for the campaign between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. The Supreme Court has long been the voting issue for some conservatives, particularly evangelical Christians. Trump will undoubtedly be counting on the prospect of expanding a conservative majority on the court to further energize that part of his base.

But that same possibility of a potentially decades long conservative majority on the high court is just as likely to have an impact on Trump’s opponents. The history of the abortion debate suggests that when the right to an abortion is seriously threatened, as it would likely be with a 6 to 3 conservative majority, pro-choice proponents become activated. Because of the role Ginsburg played in empowering women and in fighting for women’s rights, her loss could galvanize those on the left to show up big time for this year’s election.

So sorry folks, but no Who Won The Week pick from me this week. What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?

The Personification of Hypocrisy

Mitch McConnell On February 13, 2016, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died. 2016 was a presidential election year, and Scalia’s death occurred nine months prior to that election.

President Barack Obama nominated a moderate federal judge, Merrick Garland, to fill Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court. However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to hold a confirmation hearing. McConnell said:

“The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.”

And in something so ironic that if it appeared in a political novel, your reaction would be that it was too contrived to be believable, McConnell invoked the so-called “Biden Rule” as further justification for why the Senate would not consider the nomination of Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court in an election year.

Yes, the “Biden Rule,” as in then Vice President Joe Biden and the current Democratic opponent running against Donald Trump.

Then Senator Biden argued in a speech in June 1992 that President George H.W. Bush should wait until after the election to appoint a replacement if a Supreme Court seat became vacant during the summer of an election year.

McConnell used Biden’s argument from that 1992 speech to explain why, in 2016, he intended to block President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court pick in an election year.

“The Senate will continue to observe the Biden Rule so that the American people have a voice in this momentous decision.”

Fast forward four years.

Last night, after the news that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had passed away, and only a month and a half before the 2020 presidential election, that same Mitch McConnell is singing a very different song:

“President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.”

Well, Mitch, it’s time to invoke the real Biden Rule. After learning last night of RBG’s death, Biden said this:

“… the voters should pick the president, and the president should pick the justice for the Senate to consider.”

Mitch McConnell is the personification of hypocrisy and he should not be permitted to get away with this. But given the actions over the last four years of the spineless, soulless Republicans who hold the majority in the U.S. Senate, he probably will.