Democrats are calling in all their big guns in the fight over confirming Donald Trump’s nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
That meant calling in former President Bill Clinton.
Bill Clinton instantly regretted one request about replacing Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Back in 1993, Bill Clinton nominated Ruth Bader Ginsburg to serve on the Supreme Court.
So it was natural that Democrats would summon Clinton from the bullpen to attack Republicans for trying to fill her seat.
However, Clinton – whose attempts at a political comeback at the Democratic National Convention stumbled badly –once again belly-flopped on the national stage.
Clinton attacked Republicans for their alleged hypocrisy in blocking Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland and now wanting to move forward on President Trump’s nominee.
“We’re really close to the election. And let’s remember the example Abraham Lincoln set and let’s remember the commitments and the comments Mitch McConnell made. I think it would be good for Senator McConnell and make him feel better when he gets up in the morning if he proved he wasn’t being a hypocrite at the time and he just stuck with his position,” Clinton began.
Clinton’s attack fell short for one big reason.
And that is the fact that the Senate has the sole power to act in nominations.
There is no requirement the Senate hold a vote on a President’s nominee.
Republicans could block Merrick Garland’s nomination and wait to see the results of the election because they had the necessary votes to do so.
Likewise, they can proceed to confirm President Trump’s nominee if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can round up the votes to do so.
But while Clinton failed to show knowledge of the Constitution and facts in his first comment, the former President humiliated himself with his closing remarks.
Clinton claimed a democracy could not exist with two different sets of rules.
“And I think all the other Republicans should be asked to do the same. But you can’t keep a democracy if there’s one set of rules for one group and another set for everybody else. We do need to live under the same set of rules,” Clinton concluded.
That struck millions of Americans as patently absurd.
Bill Clinton’s entire political career exists because of double standards.
Multiple women credibly accused Clinton of rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment.
The House of Representatives – in a vote that garnered some bipartisan support – voted to impeach Clinton for committing perjury when he lied about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky.
But Clinton skated by on offenses Democrats and the fake news media would have used to end any Republican’s career because Clinton was a Democrat President.
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