January 31, 2017

Tammy Baldwin Faces Supreme Court Filibuster Hypocrisy

Senate Democrats are threatening to filibuster a new Supreme Court nominee no matter who is named. Yet, there’s nothing that the public hates more than a hypocritical politician. That’s a lesson that Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) would do well to learn. With the announcement of a new Supreme Court pick, the American people expect that Senator Baldwin will do her job and allow a vote. After all, Senator Baldwin is on record calling for just that one year ago:

“On Supreme Court vacancies, the Constitution is also clear. Under article 2 of the Constitution, the president shall appoint judges to the Supreme Court, and the Senate’s role is to provide advice and consent. So it’s the constitutional duty of the president to select a Supreme Court nominee, and the Senate has responsibility to give that nominee a fair consideration with a timely hearing and a timely vote.”

Senator Baldwin is also on record talking about how harmful a vacancy on the Supreme Court is:

“A majority of Wisconsinites also said they believe that leaving this seat on our highest court vacant for more than a year will hurt the United States Supreme Court’s ability to do its job. They are right and their message to Washington and the Republican majority is simple — do your job so the Supreme Court can do its job. On behalf of all the American people. The American people deserve better, better than a long-term vacancy that could jeopardize the administration of justice across our whole country, so I call on my colleagues to join together on behalf of the American people to fulfill our constitutional obligation of restoring the United States Supreme Court to its full strength.”

Wisconsin voters won’t forget if Senator Baldwin adopts a different standard this year than she did in 2016.