“It’s been standard practice over the last 80 years to not confirm Supreme Court nominees during a presidential election year.” So says Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and repeated by numerous GOP candidates and Republican members of the Senate.
“Standard practice” with the exception, of course, of Justice Anthony Kennedy, appointed by President Ronald Reagan and confirmed in February 1988, an election year. Every single Republican voted for Kennedy, including Grassley.
The Senate Republicans quickly vowed that if President Obama nominates anyone, they will not even bring it up for a vote. What hypocrisy.
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