President Barack Obama hugs Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton after addressing the delegates during the third day session of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Democrats: Do As We Say, Not As We Do

On Tuesday evening at 8:00 p.m., (EST) President Donald Trump will announce his nominee for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Outside all the noise and clatter of his first week in office, this is no doubt this will be one of the most anticipated decisions of the Trump Administration. This is the moment to see if the President keeps his promise of appointing a pro-life judge committed to the Constitution.

It is no surprise that Democrats in the Senate will likely oppose whoever the nominee will be. According to Politico, Democrats announced Monday that they would likely filibuster Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. The ironic point is that months ago, those on the left were singing a different tune under President Obama when Merrick Garland was nominated. Take a look at this list that was compiled over at

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.)

“Every day that goes by without a ninth justice is another day the American people’s business is not getting done.”

Sen. Brian Schatz (D., Hawaii)

“The president has done his job and sent us a qualified nominee.”

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D., Wis.)

“The American people deserve a full and functioning Supreme Court.”

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.)

“I think the people of this nation want us to do our job.”

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D., Vt.)

“We have to treat our co-equal branch of government with respect.”

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D., N.D.)

“That’s our job. That’s why the American taxpayers pay us.”

Sen. Michael Bennet (D., Colo.) 

“We must fulfill our basic constitutional obligation of holding a hearing and a vote.”

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.)

“Stand up and do your job.”

I doubt after Tuesday that these Senators will still feel the same way. It is no secret that Democrats and Republicans both want the Senate to act and approve their nominees when their party controls the presidency. My problem is not that idea, but the pure hypocrisy and political theater that those on the left will cry. After all, it was President Obama that stated at the time, “give him an up-or-down vote. To deny it would be an abdication of the Senate’s constitutional duty.” When it comes to norms of the U.S. Senate, Democrats continue to be the party of do as we say, not as we do.

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Clayton Felts

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