The last election was a massive nationwide victory for Republicans. In 2014, they took control of the Senate for the first time since 2006, increased their majority in the House, gained two additional governors’ seats, and made significant gains in state legislatures across the country. This emphatic rejection of the left’s agenda is the backdrop against which Democrats now openly contradict themselves to force through another lawless ideological extremist.
Despite the unmistakably clear will of The People being against them, as well as the long-standing presidential tradition of not nominating Supreme Court justices during an election year, and the left’s extensive record of obstructing judicial nominees, Democrats now respond to the very suggestion of Republicans daring to fight back as if it were some kind of assault on the Constitution (the one liberals regularly tear to shreds). And of course, they also respond by calling anyone who objects to their non-stop partisan hypocrisy on this as a racist.
Democrats have spent decades enshrining the right of the Senate to refuse support for judicial nominations as this sacred constitutional protection, even once passing a resolution expressly forbidding the appointment of any Supreme Court justices during Senate recesses. Now, Hillary Clinton insists that failing to get out of the way and blindly rubber stamp Obama’s lame-duck replacement of the Constitution’s most ardent defender with another nanny state Marxist tyrant at war with everything the Founders put in place would “dishonor” the Constitution…and prove that Republicans are racist.
(How exactly this implies anything about race is unclear, as usual. But the truth is irrelevant. The race card is about liberals rushing in to silence debates they cannot win on fair terms by changing the subject to off-topic personal smears against their opponents…as if conservatives would suddenly be fine with trampling the Constitution to bankrupt, impoverish, and enslave the American people if only the radical leftist ideologue pushing such ‘hope’ and ‘change’ were a white president. It’s embarrassingly absurd on its face, and it is why there can be no serious national dialogue on the issues in this country.)
Of course, all of this ignores the fact that Hillary herself is on the record joining Obama and dozens of other Democrats to filibuster Justice Alito in 2006. And in fact, it was Democrats who coined the term, “Borked” when they closed ranks and launched a hysterically vicious witch hunt against Robert Bork, eventually derailing his nomination entirely in 1987. Democrats once even blocked a judicial nominee for an entire presidential term.
Every major Senate Democrat from Chuck Schumer to Joe Biden has sided with the relentless obstruction of conservative judges for decades. But the Senate now resisting presidential nominees in any way is suddenly “partisan politics.”
Hilariously, some Democrats are so desperate to railroad Obama’s lame-duck power grab through the Senate that they are now even pretending to never have supported the blocking of conservative judges in the first place, despite the record clearly showing that they did. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Russ Feingold (D-WI), for instance, have completely discredited themselves at this point on the issue of judicial nominees.
Other leftists are just promising to endlessly smear anyone who resists the nomination as a racist. “Pro-tolerance” liberal champions of “civility” ranging from Joy Behar, to Juan Williams, to CNN commentators are all now confirming that this agonizingly tired fallacy of falsely destroying the character of anyone who disagrees with the “post-racial” president will be the way in which liberals brow-beat all dissent into silence on this.
As Socrates once put it, “When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.” Or as Ann Coulter explained in “Liberal ‘Victims’ and Their Assault on America,” it is all about vindictive, tyrannical bullies hiding behind the false pretense of victimhood, in order to silence their opponents as they are brutalized into compliance.
Again, liberals count on the abuses of Constitution-trampling activist judges to help them work around the will of The People. They stand for absolutely nothing but Democrat power, and all indications are that this will be one of the most heinous crusades against democracy and dissent that they have ever conducted.
But not to worry. Republicans in Washington are trained experts at failure and defeat. As elated liberals spew their venom and enthusiastically spit on Scalia’s grave, the GOP is already signaling that it intends to grovel, appease, and surrender to Democrats on this entire issue—after going through the obligatory motions of briefly protesting, of course.
This is precisely why Donald Trump is succeeding. And it is why Ted Cruz is promising that he will nominate a hard-core conservative if the GOP will discover its spine and actually fight back for once.