With Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy retiring, Donald Trump is positioned to radically shift the court to the right for a generation to come.
But back in 2016, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to allow hearings for President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland because it was an election year. The seat was left vacant until 2017.
Following the McConnell Rule, the Senate shouldn’t confirm a successor for Kennedy until 2019.
McConnell set the new standard by giving the voters a say in the upcoming elections before vacancies are filled.
The Senate should be consistent. The confirmation proceedings should be postponed until the new Congress is seated in January 2019.
Kennedy, a Republican, often served a critical swing vote on issues such as abortion and affirmative action. We cannot allow another of Trump’s extremist nominees to wildly undo decades of civil rights, one majority opinion at a time.
Monique Teal, Daily Kos