Supreme Court vacancy update
Yesterday morning I blogged about the significance of Joe Biden’s 1992 speech.
Later in the day, yesterday, the Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee announced that they are not going to have any hearings for any Obama nominee.
I credit the Joe Biden speech for that manning-up on the part of the Republicans. After watching Joe Biden, now the sitting Vice President, say that Democrats would not hold any hearings for a Republican nominee in the last year of George H.W. Bush’s presidency, the Republicans were forced to use the exact same Biden strategy against Obama and Biden today. Otherwise they’d look like a bunch of p-words. Without that speech, there’s a good chance they would have caved.
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“Tarl” wrote an interesting comment yesterday. He asked: “Why was Biden even saying this? There wasn’t an open seat in 1992, was there?”
Indeed, there was no nominee so it was incredibly stupid for Joe Biden to be saying that in front of a TV camera. The only explanation is that Biden was completely clueless that he could find himself on the other side of the aisle in the future. But how could Biden possibly be so clueless about that? Even though he went to a pretty fourth-rate law school, it doesn’t take any sort of political genius to imagine that one day there might be a Democratic President and a Republican Senate.
Another commenter, “Abundance Mentality”, wrote:
I think this is because the Left is so outcome-driven, they don’t even understand the neutrality of processes. It’s almost like magical thinking. “I’m such a good person, the world could never result in a set of conditions where I’d be holding the shit end of the stick through no fault of my own.”
Indeed, neutrality of process is something that conservatives intuitively get and appreciate but liberals don’t. Under liberal thinking, fairness is only judged by “correct” outcomes and not by a neutral process. Which is why it’s so important to prevent liberals from attaining a majority on the Supreme Court. A liberal Supreme Court will ignore stare decisis, the plain meaning of statutes and the Constitution in order to achieve outcomes desired by liberals.