I’ve pointed out many times that dishonesty and hypocrisy are major currency in politics, but at the same time what we’ve seen from Trump and today’s Republicans is so over the top and brazen that they aren’t even trying to pretend otherwise. Mitch McConnell provides us with a textbook example:
Democrats accused Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, of hypocrisy on Tuesday after he said Republicans would confirm a justice to the Supreme Court if a seat opened up amid the election campaign in 2020, even after denying President Barack Obama a similar opportunity in 2016.The senator made the remarks at a Chamber of Commerce event in Paducah, Ky., after an audience member asked what Senate Republicans would do if a Supreme Court justice died next year.
“Oh, we’d fill it,” he responded with a grin, prompting laughter from the audience…
Julián Castro, a Democratic presidential candidate, said on Twitter that Mr. McConnell’s “shamelessness at stealing a Supreme Court seat is appalling.”
And that the key term, the utter shamelessness of it all. They use to at least try to keep up the pretense of consistency, but they’ve gotten away with it for so long now that they see no need to even bother. I loved how CNN framed it: “In reversal from 2016, McConnell says he would fill a potential Supreme Court vacancy in 2020.” What reversal? He put party ahead country, honesty and consistency in 2016; he’s doing the same in 2020.