Kentucky Senator Rand Paul wants to have it both ways. He wants to be the edgy anti-establishment libertarian in Washington, D.C., while at the same time being buddy buddy with the entire Republican establishment. In his latest grandstanding attempt to show the world that he has the same principles as his dad, Rand took to the airwaves announcing that he was going to stall and block Paul Ryan’s omnibus spending bill.
But his threats to stall the spending bill quickly turned to empty words after a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Instead of actually being effective and delaying the bill like he said he would, Rand chose to simply vote no, which did exactly zero to hinder the bill, which ended up passing the Senate with 65 votes in the affirmative.
Prior to voting no, Rand spent hours on Twitter posting snarky tweets about all the bad things in the omnibus bill.
Well here it is, all 2,232 budget-busting pages. The House already started votes on it. The Senate is expected to soon. No one has read it. Congress is broken… pic.twitter.com/izvJlUEgUM
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 22, 2018
It’s easy to be tough on Twitter, and to get attention that way. It’s a lot harder to actually get things done and to stand up to people like Mitch McConnell. This move by Rand proves that he is no longer the anti-establishment hero many of us thought he was.
He is instead just another grandstanding pawn of the establishment.
FLASHBACK: Three Recent Supreme Court Justices Were Confirmed Within 45 Days
There’s ample precedent for a quick confirmation.
There are 45 days until the November 3rd presidential election, and there’s ample precedent for an expedited confirmation of a Supreme Court Justice in such a timeframe following a vacancy.
Ruth Bader Ginsberg died on Friday, setting up a possible contentious confirmation process to fill her seat. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pledging that a tentative Trump administration nominee for the position will receive a vote on the Senate floor, despite outrage and indignation on the part of progressives falsely maintaining that McConnell is breaking precedent he set by refusing to confirm Merrick Garland. President Obama tried to get Garland confirmed when the opposing party controlled the Senate, a divided government that does not exist in 2020.
Ruth Bader Ginsberg herself was formally nominated by President Clinton on June 22nd, 1993. Her confirmation process began on July 20th, and she was confirmed on August 3rd, with a total of 42 days elapsing between her nomination and confirmation.
John Paul Stevens’ nomination was advanced and confirmed in a speedy 19 days, and Sandra Day O’Connor was confirmed in 1981 in a total of 33 days.
In fact, every single Supreme Court nomination of the past 45 years was nominated and voted upon within a shorter duration of the time remaining in Donald Trump’s first presidential term.
Yes, Trump has time to nominate and get his nominee confirmed to the Supreme Court. EVERY SINGLE VOTE ON A #SCOTUS NOMINEE OF THE LAST 45 YEARS was voted on in less time than what Trump has between now and the end of his current term. pic.twitter.com/og5aOZsiw1
— Matt Batzel (@MattBatzel) September 19, 2020
There’s actually wide precedent for nominating and confirming a Supreme Court justice within the confines of President Trump’s first term, and Democrats are being untruthful or erroneous to suggest otherwise.
McConnell is beginning initial work to advance confirmation hearings, with potential liberal Republicans such as Mitt Romney, Susan Collins, and Lisa Murkowski presenting themselves as possible holdouts. It is possible to approve a judge with 50 votes in the Senate and a Vice Presidential tiebreaker.
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