When Merrick Garland was nominated to the Supreme Court by former President Barack Obama, many Republicans in Congress simply refused to have any sort of hearing to appoint him to the Court, with Senate rules making it impossible to appoint him without the support of the full Democratic caucus and 14 Senate Republicans. The question of who would fill the spot remained unanswered until over a year later when President Trump nominated -after much persuasion- Neil Gorsuch. The topic was once again brought into question: what about Garland? This question got its answer after Republicans went nuclear in the Senate to appoint Gorsuch, changing Senate rules. There was controversy, and it faded away into the background as numerous scandals took its place.
Now, with the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Court, Democrats want the Republicans to have their fair share of waiting. Will the Democrats win enough seats to deny the appointment? Or will the Republicans refuse to wait and go nuclear yet again? Most likely a combination of both. However, this highlights a clear fact: the Republicans will not hold themselves to the same standards they hold Democrats to. They will cram in as many Supreme Court nominations as they can before the Democrats take control of Congress, ignoring a precedent they themselves set.
The opposition to this claim would most likely bring up the fact that Senator Dianne Feinstein too has played politics when it comes to appointing Supreme Court nominees. It was revealed this week that Feinstein received a letter from Kavanaugh’s accuser in late July, waiting until Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings wrapped up to release it publicly. Both sides are to blame for the controversy surrounding the supreme court nominees. Senate Republicans should’ve at least listened to Democrats about Garland, and Feinstein should’ve released the letter earlier. Kavanaugh and Ford, his accuser, will testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee next Monday.