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What Happened to #WeNeedNine? — Opinion

Hypocrites.

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In the wake of Justice Ginsburg’s death, Democrats immediately began to call for a postponement of her appointment until the next administration. After all, the Republicans did this when Justice Scalia died on Feb 13, 2016.

My Facebook feed was immediately full of Democrats reposting Republican Tweets from 2016 as Republican Senators called for delays until after the election. A quick google search showed numerous articles full of Republican Tweets like this one from PBS. I had a difficult time, however, finding tweets from the Democrats. So, I did the spade-work. It turns out, they had an interesting hashtag at the time that they are not using right now: #weneednine.

Below I provide some of the best tweets from the Democrats in 2016-2017 in alphabetical order:

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We Are All Hypocrites Now

So, are we all hypocrites now? I don’t think so. The Republican’s arguments look hypocritical in light of 2016 until you consider how the system works. The president appoints and the Senate approves. This is how the system is designed. The two branches have to work together because life-time appointments are critical.

Democrats would have you believe that Republicans stole the last Supreme Court seat from Obama and now it is only fair that they wait for the next election. That is not quite right. In 2016, they waited because Republicans controlled the Senate.

Historically, when the Senate is of the same political party as the president, there is a very smooth transition. However, when the Senate is in opposition, they can block a candidate completely as Republicans did in 2016, or defy the president until the opposition gets a more moderate choice, as when Democrats forced Reagan to pass over conservative firebrand, Robert Bork, for the moderate Anthony Kennedy.

Every time that a SCOTUS vacancy became available in an election year, the sitting president nominated a candidate. This happened twenty-nine times in American history. In only ten of these twenty-nine times, the government was divided where one party held the presidency and the other controlled the Senate. In these cases, only three were left to be filled by the winner of the presidential election. In the other nineteen instances, the president’s nominee was confirmed.

Should Republicans wait to let the winner of the election choose the next member of the Supreme Court? Would Democrats wait if the shoe was on the other foot? The National Review published an article that addressed this question just a month before Ginsburg’s death. In short, while Democrats call on the Republican majority to wait until the next election to fill the seat, “There is no chance that the Democrats, in the same position, would ever reciprocate, as their own history illustrates.”

Stop talking about hypocrisy and spend more time learning about how the government works. This is why elections are important. This SCOTUS vacancy was effectively filled on November 8, 2016.

Dr. Darin Gerdes is a management professor at Charleston Southern University and the host of the Leadersmith Podcast. He wrote his doctoral dissertation on The Leadership Assumptions of American Statesmen During the Constitutional Convention and Ratification Debates, 1787-1789. Follow him on Twitter @DarinGerdes

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Despite Federal Freakout, ‘J6’ Rally Remains Peaceful

The federal response to the event has turned out to be a joke.

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All week, we heard nothing but abject terror from the mainstream media.  They were completely convinced that there was trouble coming down the pike on The Beltway, and they were frothing at the mouth in hoping to blame it on the MAGA Movement.

But, despite their desperate and derivative dialogue, the “Justice for J6” rally went off without a hitch, foiling their naysaying narrative.

Early reports and videos emerging from the pro-Capitol-rioter “Justice for J6” rally indicate that the event has drawn “a few dozen” attendees, and many times that number of press and police.

On Saturday afternoon, videos began trickling out on social media showing the early stages of the event, organized to show support for those imprisoned over the Jan. 6 invasion of the Capitol, showing very high turnout — by cops and the media.

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This, after weeks of fear mongering and facetious insults from the mainstream media.

In fact, the overzealousness of law enforcement wound up being a bit of an embarrassment.

Despite the turnout, the event drew a large law enforcement and media presence. Capitol Police said Friday they were working with over 27 agencies from around the region to secure the event.

This appears to reiterate the idea that the mainstream media’s vilification of Trump supporters has been largely inappropriate, and just another attempt at manufacturing outrage to bolster their ratings.

All week, we heard nothing but abject terror from the mainstream media.  They were completely convinced that there was trouble coming down the pike on The Beltway, and they were frothing at the mouth in hoping to blame it on the MAGA Movement. But, despite their desperate and derivative dialogue, the “Justice for J6” rally went off without a hitch, foiling their naysaying narrative. Early reports and videos emerging from the pro-Capitol-rioter “Justice for J6” rally indicate that the event has drawn “a few dozen” attendees, and many times that number of press and police. On Saturday afternoon, videos began trickling out on social media showing the early stages of the event, organized to show support for those imprisoned over the Jan. 6 invasion of the Capitol, showing very high turnout — by cops and the media. This, after weeks of fear mongering and facetious insults from the mainstream media. In fact, the overzealousness of law enforcement wound up being a bit of an embarrassment. Despite the turnout, the event drew a large law enforcement and media presence. Capitol Police said Friday they were working with over 27 agencies from around the region to secure the event. This appears to reiterate the idea that the mainstream media’s vilification of Trump supporters has been largely inappropriate, and just another attempt at manufacturing outrage to bolster their ratings.

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New Book Details How Biden Team Keeps POTUS from Unscripted Events

YIKES!

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The nation has known for a long time that Joe Biden’s public speaking isn’t his most endearing quality, and the pressures of the office of the President, (along with a predictable bit of aging), has certainly escalated this PR situation.

Biden is a gaffe machine, full of mismatched anecdotes and old-timey gibberish that often overshadows the gist of what he’s trying to say.  As such, his team has seemingly worked hard to keep the President out of situations in which he’s allowed to freestyle answers, and Biden himself has often left press conferences after telling reporters that he’d be “in trouble” if he stuck around for any more questions.

Now, a new book seems to indicate just what lengths his team is willing go in order to keep the narrative untainted by mishaps.

Top White House aides set up a “wall” to shield President Biden from unscripted events and long interviews amid fears of the president’s testiness and habit of mangling statements, according to a new book.

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“Peril” by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa cited a number of incidents from the gaffe-prone president in the early days of his administration, including a back-and-forth with a CNN reporter for which he later apologized.

“That side of Biden — his tendency to at times be testy or mangle statements — was still with him and now part of his presidency,” the book says.

The policy seemed to be fairly codified.

In turn, a number of Biden aides told the reporters that Chief of Staff Ronald Klain and then-White House advisor Anita Dunn worked to prevent such incidents by keeping him away from “unscripted events or long interviews.”

“They called the effect ‘the wall,’ a cocooning of the president,” they wrote.

This unwillingness to allow the President to speak directly has wreaked havoc on Biden’s image as a leader, and his waning approval numbers are evidence of this.

The nation has known for a long time that Joe Biden’s public speaking isn’t his most endearing quality, and the pressures of the office of the President, (along with a predictable bit of aging), has certainly escalated this PR situation. Biden is a gaffe machine, full of mismatched anecdotes and old-timey gibberish that often overshadows the gist of what he’s trying to say.  As such, his team has seemingly worked hard to keep the President out of situations in which he’s allowed to freestyle answers, and Biden himself has often left press conferences after telling reporters that he’d be “in trouble” if he stuck around for any more questions. Now, a new book seems to indicate just what lengths his team is willing go in order to keep the narrative untainted by mishaps. Top White House aides set up a “wall” to shield President Biden from unscripted events and long interviews amid fears of the president’s testiness and habit of mangling statements, according to a new book. “Peril” by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa cited a number of incidents from the gaffe-prone president in the early days of his administration, including a back-and-forth with a CNN reporter for which he later apologized. “That side of Biden — his tendency to at times be testy or mangle statements — was still with him and now part of his presidency,” the book says. The policy seemed to be fairly codified. In turn, a number of Biden aides told the reporters that Chief of Staff Ronald Klain and then-White House advisor Anita Dunn worked to prevent such incidents by keeping him away from “unscripted events or long interviews.” “They called the effect ‘the wall,’ a cocooning of the president,” they wrote. This unwillingness to allow the President to speak directly has wreaked havoc on…

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