Sen. Lindsey Graham is focused on getting the government back open, but he’s also still angry over what he views as one of the most outrageous Supreme Court confirmation hearings in modern political history. Graham, who famously lashed out at Democrats during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings, told Fox News this weekend that he was “hell-bent” on making sure the next Supreme Court justice is a conservative. And with Ruth Bader Ginsburg in uncertain health, the time to make good on that promise may be coming sooner than later.
“My Democratic colleagues felt when they were in charge we should confirm judges by a majority vote,” Graham said. “They changed the rules to accommodate President Obama. They tried to stack the court. They never thought [Hillary] Clinton would lose. So what you’re gonna have is Harry Reid’s and Chuck Schumer’s desire to stack the court on their Democratic watch has come back to haunt them.”
One could say, of course, that this has already happened. Democrats wanted fervently to block the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh. They knew they didn’t have the numbers to make that happen on Capitol Hill, but they hoped that if they could destroy a good man with every dirty trick in the book, they could swing public opinion to such a degree that Republicans would have no choice but to fold. Unfortunately for them, they drastically overplayed their hand and damn near cost themselves what had once been a slew of certain victories in the midterms. And now, with Ginsburg’s future on the Supreme Court in doubt, they may wish more than ever that they had never eliminated the filibuster.
“If there is an opening, whether it’s Ginsburg or anybody else, I will urge the president to nominate a qualified conservative and hopefully those people will get through – that person will get through,” Graham continued. “And I expect it to be along party lines, and this is what happens when you change the rules. This has come back to bite ‘ em. I predicted it would. And we’ll see. I hope Justice Ginsburg serves for a long time. But if there’s an opening on this court, I’m going to be hell-bent to put a conservative to replace whoever steps down for whatever reason.”
Host Chris Wallace asked the senator if it was appropriate for Trump to nominate a conservative to replace a liberal such as Ginsburg, Graham shrugged and said that Democrats had only themselves to blame.
“They should’ve thought of that before they changed the rules,” Graham replied. “They tried to destroy conservative judges. I voted for [Sonia] Sotomayor and [Elena] Kagan, understanding what I was getting, so this decision by Reid and Schumer may come back to haunt them, but I am dead set on making sure it is a conservative nominee. And elections have consequences. The rules of the Senate were changed not by me, by them, and we had to do it on the Supreme Court because they would not give us any votes to nominate anybody. And Kavanaugh was a fine man, they tried to destroy him. All this is going to come back to haunt them one day.”
The day Ginsburg steps down, we are going to see a left-wing meltdown the likes of which have no precedent in this country’s modern history.
Should be fun!