If you ever want to see a right winger who supports Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have a complete meltdown, all you have to do is mention the name Merrick Garland.
Garland, you may recall, was the judge nominated by President Barack Obama to fill the seat vacated by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and his Republican colleagues refused to even give Garland a confirmation hearing, saying it was too close to a presidential election to allow such a move.
On the Fox News program “Outnumbered” Friday afternoon, the Kavanaugh nomination was the topic, and Jake Macoby, a speechwriter for former Attorney General Eric Holder, noted that Garland never got a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee:
“A president nominated a person for the Supreme Court and they held it open for a year!”
That led conservative panelist Lisa Boothe to blame Joe Biden, saying he had set the precedent that nominees for the high court never get confirmed in an election year. But she failed to mention that no nominee had been placed on hold before 2016.
“I’m sorry, we spent a year waiting for the Senate to take up Merrick Garland’s nomination. They never did — this process, from beginning to end, has taken three months.”
Fox co-host Kennedy used the Garland nomination to try and accuse Democrats of wanting revenge:
“If you’re talking about vengeance for Merrick Garland — which, obviously, from Chuck Schumer’s statement the moment Brett Kavanaugh was announced, and if you go through every thing Democrats have thrown at this judge, whether it’s valid or completely invalid, it’s been all about revenge!”
McConnell and his party set this bad blood in motion with what they did to Garland. And now they want to whine when Democrats dare to raise the issue of sexual assault allegations against Judge Kavanaugh. But the blame belongs with the ones doing all the complaining. As Kavanaugh himself said during his confirmation hearing, you reap what you sow.
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