In 2003, DEMOCRATS changed the threshold for judicial nominees from the traditional simple majority to a 60 vote standard. They did this to deny confirmation to George W. Bush nominees.
In 2013, DEMOCRATS abolished the 60 vote standard for lower court judges, not because they thought SCOTUS was so different, but because there weren’t any SCOTUS judges up for confirmation.
During the 2016 campaign, they promised that, if Hillary won the presidency, they’d abolish the filibuster for SCOTUS appointments as well.
This week, Republicans did what Democrats did in 2013 and promised they’d do if Hillary had won.
Sen. John Cornyn’s Excellent Explanation of How Democrats Weaponized Cloture Votes [6:53]
The other thing Democrats are raging about is that the Republican-majority Senate refused to put Judge Merrick Garland — Obama’s nominee for Judge Antonin Scalia’s seat — up for a confirmation vote in 2016.
But once again, they’re playing the victim card on false pretenses.
The 2016 Scalia vacancy was the seventh time that the Senate has held a Supreme Court vacancy open rather than confirm an election-year nominee.
- In 1960, Democrats passed a resolution against election year SCOTUS appointments.
- In 1992, then-Senator Joe Biden, while serving as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, made a speech about how the Senate should not confirm SCOTUS appointments during an election year.
- H/t Pistol Pete