Senator McConnell Playing Partisan Politics With Supreme Court Nominee
We know it was only a very short time after the announcement Saturday afternoon that Justice Scalia was dead when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell started his partisan games about a future nominee.
What makes this all the more absurd and unseemly is how McConnell, back in his days before being a shill for the GOP, made the following comments about court nominees.
An article from a 1970 issue of the KENTUCKY LAW JOURNAL discussing the history of the Senate’s role in advising and helping appoint… a Supreme Court Justice, and pleading for that body to rise above partisanship when it comes to this function. Paramount criteria toward confirmation, the author writes, should be the following:
1) Legal and judicial competence 2) Achievement or distinction within the legal profession 3) Professional temperament 4) High professional ethics 5) Character and integrity in their personal life
“The President is presumably elected by the people to carry out a program and altering the ideological directions of the Supreme Court would seem to be a perfectly legitimate part of a Presidential platform,” the author writes (p. 69).
The wise and measured legal mind that penned these words was, of course, one Addison Mitchell McConnell.
What is most troubling is that unlike anyone else in the senate at this time McConnell is the majority leader and has additional reasons to act like a leader and statesman at this time.