Nowhere has the Republican dishonesty and weakness been greater than in the realm of federal court appointments. Democrats commonly block Republican nominees (see the history of George W. Bush’s DC Court of Appeals nominees) and intimidate Republican presidents into nominating “moderates” who often turn out to be partisan, political Democrats underneath their judicial robes. Republicans, on the other hand, enthusiastically and overwhelmingly support radical Democrat court nominees (e.g., Ginsberg and the Wise Latina). After the disgraceful “Borking” of Republican Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork, Republicans rolled over to overwhelmingly support subsequent radical Democrat nominees, only later to have, once again, Republican nominees strongly opposed by Democrats (Example: Obama filibustered the Alito nomination). The sordid history of the recent one-sided Supreme Court nomination fights is linked below. Not for nothing is the Republican Party known as the Stupid Party, even among its frustrated supporters let alone smirking Democrats.
Now Justice Scalia’s untimely death has created an opening on the Supreme Court. The Republican leadership in the Senate now declares they will not even hold a hearing on any nominee sent their way by lame duck Obama. This strong stand is completely uncharacteristic of Republicans but is exactly what Democrats, based on their past behavior and words, would be doing in their shoes. Republican voters and the rest of the American people can thank Donald Trump for this newfound Republican backbone. Republican politicians might finally be realizing that strength is a virtue and weakness is a provocation, and, to coin a phrase, that when people see a strong horse and a weak horse, they are naturally drawn to the former.