Carl M. Cannon | Democrats’ Double Standard for High Court Nominees

Carl M. Cannon, Real Clear Politics:

Antonin Scalia was nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court by Ronald Reagan on June 17, 1986, and confirmed by the Senate three months later on a vote of 98-0. That approval was unanimous because Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders hadn’t yet arrived in the Senate—and because Joe Biden wore himself out fighting Reagan’s elevation of William Rehnquist to chief justice.

President Obama, the youngest of the four Democrats, was still a Chicago community organizer who hadn’t enrolled in law school when Scalia was appointed to the court. Mrs. Clinton was in Little Rock, doing triple duty as a mom, corporate attorney, and first lady of Arkansas. Bernie Sanders was the socialist mayor of Burlington, Vt., hosting a public-access TV program, “Bernie Speaks with the Community.”

Today, that quartet—the incumbent president and vice president and the two candidates vying for their party’s 2016 presidential nomination—are the face of the Democratic Party. When it comes to the Supreme Court, however, they are two-faced. Perhaps a better way of putting it is that these Democrats have demonstrated that they have two standards when it comes to judicial appointments: one for themselves, another for Republicans.


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