To the Editor:
The Republicans in D.C. are all up in arms because they fear Democrats, when in power, will pack the Supreme Court, a move, they say, that would be unfair and unjust.
So let’s look at the recent Republican court appointments.
When Obama was president, he nominated over 100 people for federal judgeships, but Mitch McConnell completely abrogated his responsibilities as leader of the Senate and violated his oath of office by announcing that he, the self-appointed Grim Reaper, would not consider any nominee of the Obama administration. And he didn’t.
Trump then appointed well over a 100 judges to federal courts, all of whom had to pass his litmus tests of being anti Roe v. Wade and anti-Affordable Care Act.
And when Judge Antonin Scalia passed away, McConnell refused to consider any name put forth by the Obama administration because there were only 10 months left on the Obama term of office.
But he now is ramming through a nominee to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg with less than a month remaining before the presidential election.
And Sen. Lindsey Graham who firmly backed the move to deny President Obama's right to appoint a Supreme Court justice said, if a similar situation arose with a Republican administration in place, he would not vote to confirm a Supreme Court justice. But he now sees no reason not to confirm Trump’s nominee.
The Republican Senate and President Trump would much rather spend their time filling this vacancy than working seriously with the House of Representatives which passed a bill in May to provide relief to individuals and small businesses damaged by the coronavirus.
So the Republicans have successfully packed the federal court system and now they fear that Democrats might take steps to level the playing field.