Letter to the Editor
Supreme Court decision
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
In 2018, Senator Lindsey Graham defended the Republican decision to block President Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court saying: "If an opening comes in the last year of President Trump's term, and the primary process is started, we'll wait till the next election."
He said this in reference to Senator Mitch McConnell's refusal in 2016 to accept President Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to the high court saying: "The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president."
Yet, only hours after Ginsburg's death was announced, McConnell issued a statement: "President Trump's nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate." Senators Murkowski (Alaska) and Senator Collins (Maine) stated they could not support the appointment. In an astounding reversal, Sen. Lindsey Graham said he would now vote to support a Justice nomination in the final weeks of the President's term.
Sen. Mitt Romney after voting to impeach Trump then joined Trump's allies and said he would support a nomination process. It would take four opposing votes to stop the nomination.
Does integrity matter? It would seem not in the case of Graham and Romney, but also with the other Republican senators who agree to one set of rules for the Republicans and another for the Democrats.
The upcoming election will reflect how American voters view this attack on integrity.