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Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) has promised that, unlike his Democratic colleagues in the past, Republicans won’t be engaging in any “grotesque smear campaigns” against Biden’s pick for Supreme Court Justice, showing America who are the true “grown-ups” in D.C.
“I suspect we’ll all keep an open mind,” he told Dana Perino on Fox News Sunday. “We will review the nominee on her merits.”
“I can’t say that I’ve got wild expectations that Joe Biden is going to nominate someone who I think I can support or many Republicans can support, because I’ve seen dozens of his nominees to the lower courts, and they’ve almost, to a person, been left-wing ideologues who think judges should make the law, rather than apply and uphold the Constitution and the laws as they are passed,” he continued.
It’s a valid observation, and a view that is shared by a surprising amount of Americans.
According to a new ABC News/Ipsos poll out Sunday, 43% of voters believe justices come to their decisions “based on their own partisan political views,” with only 38% believing they rule “on the basis of the law.”
“I can say one thing that I won’t do, and I doubt any Republican will do,” Cotton continued, “is engage in the kind of grotesque smear campaigns against the character of fine men like Clarence Thomas — stories we saw like what happened with Brett Kavanaugh two years ago. We’ll give a thorough vetting into any nominee’s legal philosophies, as well as their career, and their character and their temperament. But we’re not going to do what Democrats do, which is simply make up smears against a nominee.”
“And I hope that never happens again,” he added.
Vice President Kamala Harris, then a senator from California, was widely criticized for her viral grilling Kavanaugh, without any evidence, about conversations he may or may not have had about the Mueller investigation with a law firm tied to then-President Donald Trump. It was a nasty display of bulldog tactics that even the San Francisco Chronicle said ended “with a thud.”
Despite being bullied by Dems in the Senate and hit with false allegations of sexual assault by Christine Blasey Ford, Kavanaugh was still confirmed to the court, but the nasty taste the ordeal left in the mouths of watching Americans has lingered.
And Joe Biden, in his role as Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, received harsh criticism for his behavior during the confirmation of Clarence Thomas in 1991.
Justice Thomas, in an interview for the documentary “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words,” said that it wasn’t the people he had always believed would cause him problems as a Black man, such as rural cops or the Klan, but modern-day liberals who threw up the barriers.
“They were the ones who would discount all those things because they have one issue or because they have the power to caricature you,” he said.
Even Amy Coney Barrett wasn’t spared the Dems vitriol. During her confirmation hearings, she was repeatedly attacked for her religious beliefs.
While Biden has not yet named his selection, saying only that it will be a Black woman, several names have been floated as a possible nominee, including U.S. Circuit Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, U.S. District Judge J. Michelle Childs, and California Supreme Court Justice Leondra Kruger.
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