On Wednesday, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, described by many as a moderate-conservative (but more like a moderate-left leaning justice in my opinion during the past several years), announced that he would be retiring effective July 31, 2018 at 30 years of service as a Supreme Court Justice. His announcement has those on the left like Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) extremely worried.
Schumer was so worried in fact that he almost immediately took to the senate floor to demand two things in seeking a replacement for Kennedy.
1) Schumer demanded that the senate reject any nominee that might place Roe v. Wade at risk of being overturned.
As is typical of the Left, Schumer implied that a President Donald Trump nominee could attempt to come between a woman and her doctor.
The “war on women” rhetoric used by Schumer today continues to be a staple for the Left when attempting to convince the American public that Republicans want to prevent women from receiving appropriate healthcare.
2) Schumer also called for Republicans to follow the ‘Biden Rule’ and postpone any vote for a Supreme Court Justice replacement until after the upcoming 2018 election.
Schumer’s argument stems from a 1992 speech given by then Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) in which he advocated for then President George H.W. Bush to delay filling a Supreme Court vacancy, should one occur, until after the presidential election.
Biden claimed that it was “essential” for the Senate to refuse to confirm a nominee for the Supreme Court until then.
Unlike the present case, in which Kennedy gave official notice of his upcoming retirement, there was no vacancy at the time when Bush Sr. was leaving office and thus, no need to pick a replacement.
In addition, when Biden made his speech, it was a Presidential election year not a mid-term election year when Senate members will be chosen.
But that’s not all.
Even Biden claimed in his own words that there is no ‘Biden Rule.’
But the truth never stopped a “good” Liberal from trying to get his or her way.
Schumer continued by saying Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) invoked the ‘Biden Rule’ when he refused to take an up or down vote on former President Obama’s pick for Supreme Court, Merrick Garland, before the 2016 election.
Once again, the situation involved an election year with an outgoing President and the selection of a new President. The circumstances were not about electing Senators during a mid-term election.
While many in the general public may be fooled by the Left’s use of terms such as the ‘Biden Rule’ and how the Left applies the term to situations that are not even remotely similar to the current situation with Kennedy, Republicans should not be confused.
Trump has indicated that he will immediately select an individual from the existing list that he used to pick Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.
There appears to be a number of great candidates on that list including Utah Sen. Mike Lee who is a constitutional conservative and would most likely be an excellent choice to continue implementing rational laws that comport with the U.S. Constitution for years to come.
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