Proof That Mitch McConnell And The Senate Republicans Are Lying Hypocrites


Senate Republican leaders have written a letter stating that they flat out refuse to do their Constitutional duties. No matter who President Obama nominates, they will not be holding hearings or taking any votes on confirmation to the vacant seat on the Supreme Court. But regardless of what they are saying now, a brief trip down memory lane shows us clearly that the Senate Republicans are lying hypocrites.

Eleven Senate Republicans, who all sit on the Senate Judiciary Committee, have written a disturbing and unprecedented letter (posted at the bottom of this article) to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell informing him and the American public that they have absolutely no intention of even discussing any possible Supreme Court nominations made by President Obama.

“Given the particular circumstances under which this vacancy arises, we wish to inform you of our intention to exercise our constitutional authority to withhold consent on any nominee to the Supreme Court submitted by this President to fill Justice Scalia’s vacancy.”

“Because our decision is based on constitutional principle and born of a necessity to protect the will of the American people, this Committee will not hold hearings on any Supreme Court nominee until after our next President is sworn in on January 20, 2017.”

Mitch McConnell has already said that he has no intention of working with Obama on filling Justice Scalia’s seat. And after receiving this letter he responded, “I agree with the Judiciary Committee’s recommendation to not have hearings. In short, there will not be action taken.”

The interesting thing is how much these Senate Republicans have changed their tune now that Obama is in the White House. Despite what they’re saying now, their own words from not all that long ago paint a very different picture and go directly against what they’ve stated in their letter.

Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama)

In 2004 Sessions said,

“We need to fight to make sure that the traditions of this Senate and the constitutional understanding of the confirmation process are affirmed and defeat the political attempts to preserve an activist judiciary that our colleagues, it appears, want to keep in power so that they can further their political agenda, an agenda they cannot win at the ballot box.”

And in 2008 Sessions said,

“There is no reason for stopping the confirmation of judicial nominees in the second half of a year in which there is a presidential election.”

Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)

In 2004 Hatch said,

“There are plenty of examples of confirmation of judges in Presidential election years.”

Charles Grassley (R-Iowa)

In 2008 Grassley said,

“The reality is that the Senate has never stopped confirming judicial nominees during the last few months of a President’s term.”

John Cornyn (R-Texas)

In 2008 Cornyn said,

“[N]ow is the perfect time for a new politics of judicial confirmation to arise where Republicans and Democrats work together to confirm qualified men and women to the federal bench. Now is the perfect time because, of course, we’re in a presidential election year and no one yet knows who the next president will be. What a unique opportunity to establish that regardless of the next president’s party, the nominees will be treated fairly and on the basis of their qualifications, and not on the basis of ancient political squabbles.”

Mike Lee (R-Utah)

In 2015 Lee said,

“You have to, you have a simple binary choice when confirming or rejecting someone who’s been nominated by the president.”

David Vitter (R-Louisiana) 

In 2006 Vitter said,

“Mr. President, it saddens me to think that the environment of the U.S. Senate has become so partisan and politically divisive that my colleagues from across the aisle have talked of potentially filibustering this very qualified nominee, because he is a Bush nominee.”

“Every one of us has the right – and the Constitutional duty – to vote for or against Judge Alito. However, Judge Alito does deserve – as all nominees do – an up-or-down vote.”

Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina)

Just a week before signing this letter Tillis said on a radio broadcast,

“If [we] just simply say [no] sight unseen we fall into the trap of being obstructionists.”

Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky)

And here’s Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in 2005…

SCOTUS letter

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