Sen Rand Paul (R-KY) says Senate Democrats don’t want a judge for SCOTUS, they want a politician

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WASHINGTON, DC- Democrats view the Supreme Court as a place where legislators can work around the American people. One need only look at the current circus going on with the nomination process of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court to see that in action. Constitution? We don’t need no stinking Constitution. We want someone on the Supreme Court who will go along with our narrative, Democrats say.

On Monday, Democrats spent most of the day talking about Obamacare. Sure, a case over Obamacare is due to be heard by the court in the next session, and there is an election coming up.

So, they do what Democrats always do…stir up fear. Oh, they’re trying to crank up their base to get them fired up to vote on Nov. 3, saying that the Supreme Court is going to overturn Roe v. Wade, even though there are only two or three “maybe” votes to do that. And we do say maybe.

On Monday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said that Democrats’ approach to Coney Barrett’s confirmation indicates that they “think all justices are politicians, and so they want a politician that’ll vote for their cases.”

Paul’s statement came after the opening of confirmation hearings on Coney Barrett’s nomination to the high court before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Paul noted that Democrats were not as concerned about how Coney Barrett will follow the law and Constitution, but rather focused their statements on policy issues like Obamacare.

He said that Republicans were more concerned that justices “not be politicians” and instead follow the law.

Paul was asked whether Democrats had violated the so-called “Ginsburg rule”—a standard developed by Joe Biden of all people in 1993, which states that judges shouldn’t be asked about pending cases during confirmation hearings. Paul predicted that Democrats and their media cheerleaders “will show they have a double-standard.”

The Kentucky senator noted that if Judge Coney Barrett refuses to answer questions about particular cases to be reviewed by the court such as the pending Obamacare litigation, Democrats would likely use that as an excuse to attack her.

Sen. Paul was asked if Republicans had in fact set up Coney Barrett unintentionally by supporting the court challenge to Obamacare, to which he was not convinced.

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Sen. Paul said:

“I’m one who thinks Obamacare was a disaster, made health insurance more expensive, and didn’t’ necessarily help those it was intended to help.”

He noted that in order to truly help those with pre-existing conditions, it would be better to “allow individuals to group together and buy insurance.”

“There are market ways to try to fix these problems that don’t involve the government taking over health care.”

Last month, we wrote about conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh’s suggestion that Republicans skip the sideshow known as the Senate Judiciary Committee. Based on the first couple of days of the hearings into Judge Coney Barrett’s nomination, he may have been on to something. 

Limbaugh: ‘Skip Judiciary Committee hearings’ and go straight to a floor vote to confirm Supreme Court justice

President Trump could nominate Mother Theresa to the Supreme Court (if she were still alive) and Democrats would still find some reason to assassinate her character.

That is why conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh might be onto something. On Monday, Limbaugh suggested Republicans bypass hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee and go directly to a floor vote on the president’s nominee for the nation’s highest court.

Arguing against arguments from Democrats who complain that the president should hold off on a nominee until after the 2020 election, constitution be damned, Limbaugh said:

“The 2016 election is what this nomination is about. Not the 2020 election, both in terms of timeline, legalities, and common sense, the 2020 election has nothing to do with this Supreme Court opening.” 

Limbaugh said that hearings before the Judiciary Committee would amount to nothing less than an orchestrated left-wing hit job on the nominee, no matter who it is.

Limbaugh said:

“I want the Judiciary Committee—I think it’d be great if it were skipped.

“We don’t need to open that up for whatever length of time so that whoever this nominee is can be Kavanaughed or Borked or Thomased. Because that’s what it’s gonna be, especially when it’s not even required.”

Limbaugh of course was referring to the circuses surrounding the nominations of Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Clarence Thomas, as well as Judge Robert Bork, who had been nominated to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan.

Bork’s nomination was rejected by the Senate along partisan lines, not based on qualifications but because of judicial philosophy. 

During Bork’s confirmation hearing, he was subjected to unmitigated attacks from the likes of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, who famously left an intern to drown in the back of his car that plunged into the water on Martha’s Vineyard. 

Justice Thomas meanwhile was subject to sexual harassment allegations from a woman named Anita Hill. Kavanaugh was also run through the ringer under unfounded allegations of alleged sexual assault over 30 years ago.

In addition, when Justice Samuel Alito was going through the process, Democrats treated him so badly that his wife actually left the Senate chamber in tears.

Contrast that with confirmation hearings for Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, both nominated to the high court by Obama. Neither was subjected to the type of vile smear job that Democrats laid on nominees from Republican presidents.

Democrats, who don’t even know who Trump’s pick will be, have already started smearing the woman who has been identified as being on the president’s “short list” for the post.

The Daily Wire said Limbaugh argued that any such hearings could damage Republicans on the Judiciary Committee.

Limbaugh said:

“In addition, there are people on the Judiciary Committee who need to be out campaigning in October, not trying to deflect leftist attempts to distort the nominee’s junior high school yearbook.

“And when the vote count is assured, Mitch McConnell needs to take it straight to the floor of the Senate and have the vote.

“When the vote count is assured, go straight to the floor for a vote.

“You know why? That protects senators from being all-out attacked by the Democrat mobs. It stops a whole bunch of that. We don’t want to give Kamala Harris the opportunity to grandstand in that committee as a vice presidential running mate of Plugs [Biden].”

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Limbaugh singled out the treatment of Brett Kavanaugh, who was accused of attempted rape by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, at a house party 30 years ago. She never mentioned the incident to anyone until Kavanaugh was nominated to the Supreme Court. She had asked to remain anonymous but was revealed by Democrats, who saw an opportunity to destroy Kavanaugh, and thus Trump.

During the hearings before the Judiciary Committee, she couldn’t remember where, or when the supposed rape took place, and there was no corroboration to her story. Kavanaugh was vindicated and eventually confirmed to the court along partisan lines.

“All bets should be off as far as what senators have said and the ones who say they’re not gonna vote,” one caller told Limbaugh. “After what they put us through with Kavanaugh, this whole country through, it’s a disgrace for those who are not gonna vote.”

Limbaugh responded:

“I think that’s exactly—folks, after what the Democrats put this country through, there is no way they should be offered any semblance of deference.

“I’m not saying that this whole thing doesn’t need to happen fairly or with fairness, but we don’t need to defer to these people’s wishes or demands. They attempted to destroy not just a nomination, they tried to destroy the nominee’s life, his character, his future, his family.

“They spared nothing as they attempted with a series of lies stacked on other lies, they attempted to literally destroy Brett Kavanaugh. There is no way they are owed any deference whatsoever.”

Limbaugh also noted that Democrats have threatened to “burn down the country,” and noted that they did not “deserve to be anywhere near the levers of power as currently constituted.”

He continued:

“Democrats say that if the Republicans follow the Constitution they’re gonna burn down the country. I’ve got the tweets. The Democrats are tweeting they’re gonna burn it all down. They are not going to save anything.

“Now obviously we have to allow for some fevered emotional overreaction here. But they’re already demonstrating that they are more than capable of burning down businesses and other people’s property. So it’s not an idle threat. The Democrat Party is a destructive, hateful, selfish political party, and they do not deserve to be anywhere near the levers of power as currently constituted.”

Democrats have been in full meltdown mode since Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died last week from pancreatic cancer.

According to The Hill, they claim that Ginsburg’s replacement should wait until after the November election, claiming that Republicans had refused to consider Obama’s nomination to replace Justice Antonin Scalia who died in February 2016.

The difference of course was that in 2016, Republicans held the Senate while Obama, a Democrat, was the president. Under those circumstances, the Republicans did exactly what the Democrats would have done if the roles were reversed. They deferred until after the November 2016 election.

This year, Republicans have the presidency and the Senate. If Democrats were in that position, they would have done exactly what Republicans are doing now. For them to say otherwise is a lie.

As currently comprised, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he has the votes to push the president’s nomination through, despite two Republican senators, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, saying they would not support Trump’s nominee. This is hardly surprising since Murkowski voted against Kavanaugh’s nomination and Collins hedged until the last minute.

So for all the caterwauling by Democrats, they’re hypocrites. They would be doing exactly what the Republicans are doing.

As to Limbaugh’s suggestion to skip the hearings, it sounds like a good idea to us.  

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