Yes, elections do have consequences
When Barack Obama took over as president in 2009, Democrats controlled both the House and the Senate. During a meeting with Republicans, Obama reminded them “elections have consequences” and at the end of the day, “I won.”
More than a decade later, those words couldn’t ring any truer, except this time the shoe’s on the other foot.
With the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the worst fear of Democrats and their cohorts on the left is likely to come true—President Donald Trump gets to fill another Supreme Court justice seat.
Never mind that the presidential election is just around the corner Nov. 3. That just adds more drama to the situation.
The Democrats are crying foul because when Obama was a lame duck in the final year of his presidency, Justice Antonin Scalia died in Feburary 2016.
As his right and duty as president, Obama nominated Merrick Garland for the seat, months within the 2016 presidential election.
In a referendum of Obama’s presidency in the 2014 mid-term elections, Republicans captured control of the Senate. The Constitution empowers the Senate with approving Supreme Court nominees.
So guess what? With Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell as the majority leader, Garland never got a confirmation hearing before the 2016 election.
The whining howls and outcry from the Democrats didn’t matter. What did matter? Elections—and they have consequences. Remember?
President Trump then got conservative nominee Neil Gorsuch appointed by the Republican-controlled Senate to the high court.
Democrats now claim McConnell set precedent of not forwarding a nominee in a presidential election year. Here’s the big difference—Obama was in his final term. Trump still has a chance for another four years.
While it remains to be seen if Trump can get re-elected, he’s still the president until Jan. 20, 2021. That means he can constitutionally complete the process that he (and the Republican Party) is entitled to.
Just a reminder—elections do have consequences!
President Trump has indicated he will announce a nominee later this week. When he does, the fight will be on—just like it was when he nominated Brett Kavanaugh for the high court. Ultimately, despite a bloody fight, Kavanaugh’s nomination was approved by a Republican-controlled Senate.
Democrats are already saying they will do whatever’s necessary to block the hearing and confirmation process. (They could riot, but then aren’t they already doing that?)
As long as the Republicans experience no defections to erode their majority, it’s almost assured Trump will get his third conservative justice appointed to the bench.
I have little doubt that if the situation was reversed, and Democrats held the Senate majority, they would be doing the same thing. To say they wouldn’t is almost idiotic.
It’s ironic (or poetic justice) that the words of an arrogant Obama have come full circle to bite them back.