I find doing what is “good for the American people” is directly related to a politician not getting his or her way.
It seems most politicians divine what is best for the American voter when trying to push a narrative that is oddly related to a failed endeavor they desperately want to reverse. In 2016, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel refused to have a hearing for President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. He said it was not fair to the American people’ to have a hearing in the final year of a lame duck president’s term.
The Democrats screamed bloody murder saying it was not fair to the American people not to have a hearing. Of course, Democrats conveniently forgot to mention they did the exact same thing in President George H. Bush’s final year in his first term in 1992. Then Senator Joe Biden, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was the leading proponent of the edict.
The difference being it was in President Bush’s first term as compared to President Obama’s second term. Recently, Senator McConnel said he would not favor such a position in the 2020 election year if that is the end of President Trump’s second term. Interesting how the goal posts move for the party in power.
The 1992 decision drove the 2016 action. And the Republicans preventing Garland’s hearing is the main reason the Democrats turned a hearing into a character assassination tragedy play. Was any of this good for the American people? I think the whole mess could have been avoided if the politicians followed the rule of law and not the rule of party.
But the Democrats are continuing to hold their breath and take their ball home. Many are promising impeachment hearings for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh if they return to power in Congress. Gee, another two years of committee hearings on nonsensical issues. Can’t wait for that.
Washington Post columnist EJ Dionne is advocating Democrats to stack the Supreme Court with Liberals if the Democrats take the House. FDR tried that but was shot down in a rare fit of sanity by the Senate. Dionne contends the current majority of the Supreme Court is there through illegitimate means because President Trump did not win the popular vote and is therefore an illegitimate president.
By his (il)logic, that means Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Kavanagh are unlawfully seated. Apparently, he is not a fan of the Electoral College. Someone needs to tell him that it doesn’t matter if the losing team in Baseball outhits the winning team. The runs scored is what matters and what determines the winner.
Democrats still cannot get over the election results and, much like 2002, are trying to overturn the decision of American voters. Republicans are no better as they mercilessly went after President Bill Clinton and many said “He’s not my president.” That refrain was echoed by Democrats against President George W. Bush, and then by Republicans against President Obama and now by Democrats against President Trump. I see a trend.
I have an idea. How about politicians accept election results and spend their time out of power thinking of ways to make the country better so they can get back into power. Actually, I much rather prefer politicians forget about getting into or falling out of power and just focus on doing what is right for the American people.