“I want you to use my words against me. If there’s a Republican President in 2016 and a vacancy occurs in the last year of the first term, you can say, Lindsey Graham said, let’s let the next president, whoever it might be, make that nomination; and you could use my words against me and you’d be absolutely right.
“We are setting a precedent here today; Republicans are; that in the last year, at least of a lame-duck, eight year term (I would say it’s gonna be a four year term), that you’re not gonna fill a vacancy in the Supreme Court based on what we’re doing here today. That’s going to be the new rule.”
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham (South Carolina) — a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which typically hosts hearings on Supreme Court nominees — said in March 2016 that it’s “going to be the new rule” that the Senate blocks any nominee that would fill a Supreme Court vacancy that opened within a year before a presidential election.
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Dave Pellowe is a Christian writer & commentator, founder of The Good Sauce, convener of the annual Australian Church And State Summit and host of Good Sauce's weekly The Church And State Show, also syndicated on ADH TV. Since 2016 Dave has undertaken the mission of arming Christians to influence culture through events from Perth to Auckland, videos, podcasts and articles published in multiple journals across Australia and New Zealand. [more]