Without a doubt, one of my favorite new shows on television is Samantha Bee’s Full Frontal. The only real “complaint” I have is that it only airs on Monday nights. I would love to see plenty more fantastic segments like we saw last night when she absolutely trashed the Republican party’s Supreme Court nominee obstruction.
She began by addressing the idiotic argument that we have “80 years of precedent” of not nominating Supreme Court Justices during a president’s last year in office. Of course, the reason for that is because it’s extremely rare that Justices resign or are “murdered by hotel room pillows” during an election year. Bee also pointed out the fact that a president has never not nominated someone to replace a vacancy on the Supreme Court.
Then she brought up how literally just days before President Obama announced Merrick Garland as his nominee, Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch brought up Garland, called him a “fine man,” but stated that he didn’t believe the president would pick him because he’s not a far-left liberal judge.
Again, a Republican senator brought up and praised the individual President Obama ended up nominating just days before he and his fellow Republicans continued to insist that they have no plans to hold hearings for the nomination.
Well, that is unless they lose the election in November, then some Republicans will be open to pushing through Garland.
You see, there are some within the GOP who are being absolute hypocrites about this – shocking, I know. Their argument is that “the people” should decide who replaces this vacancy this November. However, some of those same Republicans will then say that, if either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders becomes president, then they’ll consider Obama’s nominee – completely contradicting their stance that “the people” should decide.
And why are some saying they would push through Garland if either Clinton or Sanders wins? Because there’s a distinct chance that not only will Republicans lose the presidential election, but they could lose a majority control of the Senate. Not only that, but they’ll have practically zero leverage to use against a newly elected president. Meaning that either Clinton or Sanders could nominate someone who was far more liberal than Garland.
She also tore into Republicans for citing what they call the “Biden rule,” which isn’t actually a rule at all. What Republicans have done is take part of a statement Joe Biden made in 1992 completely out of context to imply that the current vice president was the one who “set the standard” for not allowing a president during his last year in office to replace a Supreme Court vacancy. The part they conveniently leave out is where Biden says he would support a nominee if that person were someone moderate, even citing his previous support for Justice Anthony Kennedy, a justice who was confirmed to the Supreme Court in 1988 – during Ronald Reagan’s final year in office.
Bee then played several clips of Republicans referring to President Obama as a “lame duck.”
“Jesus Christ, he’s not a lame duck,” Bee stated. “He’s three trimesters away from lame duckery. A president’s term is four years; you can’t say three of them are legitimate and the fourth is garbage. They’re not Indiana Jones movies.”
“Why are you c*ckblocking this gentle law Hobbit?” Bee mockingly asked.
The bottom line is, Republicans are blatantly playing politics with this nominee. And I hope when it’s all said and done, this November, the GOP pays dearly for their perpetual obstruction.
Watch the video below via TBS: