What do the Democrats do when they can’t get what they want? They run to the courts.
Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., will seek an injunction in federal court to stop the United States Senate from voting to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, Politico reports. Merkley claims that his constitutional duty to advise and consent on nominees is being obstructed by Republican efforts to have Kavanaugh confirmed.
“The events of the past ten days have only underscored how critical it is that the Senate conduct a careful and comprehensive review of a nominee before giving its consent,” Merkley said.
“The unprecedented obstruction of the Senate’s advice and consent obligation is an assault on the separation of powers and a violation of the Constitution. The President and Mitch McConnell want to ram through this nomination come hell or high water, without real advice or informed consent by the Senate, but that’s just not how our Constitution works.”
The gist of Merkley’s complaint is that because Republicans won’t wait for an FBI investigation into sexual misconduct claims against Kavanaugh, he can’t come to a decision on how to vote and this somehow obstructs his constitutional responsibilities.
It’s a ridiculous argument that will be thrown out of court, but it shows you how far some Democrats will go to prepare for their 2020 campaigns for president.
Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.
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