Democrats are now on the clock more than ever in terms of getting Joe Biden’s Supreme Court pick confirmed.
If they lose control of the Senate or stand pat and this gets around to the 2024 election cycle, Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) has stated that he will not back a Supreme Court nominee.
This makes it more imperative than ever that Biden submit a nominee to the Judiciary Committee as soon as possible.
I am starting to think that Joe Manchin just loves to ruin Senator Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) lunch every day.
When Amy Coney Barrett was nominated, Dems called it shameful and tried to block the appointment.
They also accused Republicans of rushing her nomination.
I can assure you, however, Barrett’s nomination was far from the quickest in Supreme Court history,
In fact, some of the quickest nominees to go through the nomination process were Democrat nominees, but I digress.
As part of the Barrett pushback, Manchin voted against her nomination because it was during an election year.
This is generally only a problem when the White House and Senate majority are opposing parties.
Since Trump was in the White House and Republicans controlled the Senate at the time, there was no precedent not to process the nominee.
Even so, Manchin stated that he would be a hypocrite to pass a nominee in Biden’s final year near the election since he tried to block Barrett.
Now, it would be a stretch to think this will impact Biden’s current nominee, whoever that may be, but it could dramatically impact the next nominee, especially if Republicans win back the Senate.
There are still a few old-timers on the court, so you never know in terms of a health crisis causing an unexpected death.
In fact, the two oldest justices on the court after Breyer are both conservatives, and Democrats would be licking their chops to snag back that seat they lost when RBG passed away.
Sotomayor, Roberts, and Kagan are no spring chickens at 67, 67, and 61, respectively.
This makes the next two elections more important than ever, as it will determine the court’s future for decades.
All the more reason for conservatives to show up on election day and regain control of the House and Senate, then the White House again in 2024.