Blame it on Biden.
The Senate firefight over whether President Trump’s expected Supreme Court nominee should get an election-year vote goes back to 1992 — and a speech by the Democrats’ presidential standard-bearer, then a senator from Delaware.
In that election year, as Republican President George H.W. Bush sought a second term, the Democrats held a Senate majority. Sen. Joe Biden served as chairman of the Judiciary Committee.
There was no Supreme Court vacancy at the time, but Biden took the Senate floor for a speech.
“Once the political season is under way … action on a Supreme Court nomination must be put off until after the election campaign is over,” the future vice-president declared.
As long as the White House was held by one party and the Senate by the other, the voters should make the call, Biden said — a historical precedent in place since 1888.
In 2016, a Republican Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, resurrected the “Biden Rule” to block the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland, nominated by President Barack Obama after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
“Our view is this: Give the people a voice in the filling of this vacancy,” McConnell said.
But now, McConnell says, the Biden Rule has no effect — because there’s no political split between the senate and the presidency. The White House and chamber are both controlled by Republicans.
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