Democratic Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii may have let the cat out of the bag regarding the Democratic plan for the SCOTUS vacancy. The tactic is to delay, delay, and obfuscate. The goal is to prevent the nomination of anyone that Trump puts forward and hang on until after the 2020 elections. They are counting on a big power shift in Congress and the White House to get another activist judge on the Supreme Court.
As Written and Reported By Emily Zanotti for the Daily Wire:
Hirono gave a lengthy interview to media Tuesday, according to the Washington Free Beacon, where she insisted that a Supreme Court seat could remain vacant for years, particularly in light of how Republicans treated former President Barack Obama’s final Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland.
“I think we’ve had those kinds of vacancies before, and we certainly had over a one-year vacancy with Merrick Garland,” Hirono said. “So the world does not come to an end because we don’t fill all of the nominees.”
Keeping that seat clear would be tough to do, especially given that the Republicans are expected to hold on to at least a one-seat majority in the Senate — and thanks to Harry Reid, that’s all they’d need to confirm a new Justice.
It’s also a difficult strategy to justify, as Sen. Hirono herself pointed out in 2016, when she announced that “[i]t is unprecedented to announce unilaterally that no part of advice and consent will occur until after an election,” in response to……
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