Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died and will be buried. But this blog is about the remains of a living person; Minority Leader Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
As I have noted in previous blogs, I used to have a great deal of respect for Schumer. While I didn’t always agree with his positions, I respected his work ethic and a great deal of the legislation he put forth and saw enacted into law.
But that was then. This is now.
As Senate Minority Leader, Schumer has degenerated into little more than a partisan hack with no morals or principles, only political gain/loss on his radar. Basically, Nancy Pelosi with different plumbing.
With the above in mind, please read the beginning of Paul Mirengoff’s latest commentary at powerlineblog.com:
Is there anything Chuck Schumer wouldn’t try to politicize? If so, it’s not a simple, bipartisan tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Schumer has tried to smuggle his position on filling Ginsburg’s spot on the Supreme Court into the tribute to Ginsburg proposed by Republicans. Schumer’s position might also have been Ginsburg’s. Her granddaughter claims that the late Justice expressed a “fervent wish” that the Supreme Court vacancy not be filled until a new president is installed.
Ted Cruz balked at Schumer’s gambit and blocked his amended resolution. Under the Constitution, Cruz noted, Supreme Court Justices don’t get to dictate when and how their successors will be selected. So Ginsburg’s wish, whatever it might have been, has no place in a bipartisan Senate resolution.
And Schumer’s reaction to blocking the alleged “fervent wish” – in reality, a political statement that no one knows for sure if Ms. Ginsburg actually said – from the resolution?
“All the kind words and lamentations about Justice Ginsburg from the Republican majority about Justice Ginsburg will be totally empty if those Republicans ignore her dying wish and instead move to replace her with someone who will tear down everything she built.”
In other words, “I’m using the corpse of Ruth Bader Ginsburg to play politics. And no problem for me to do it, because I’m a Democrat, so most media will look the other way, and probably agree with me”.
What a sad degeneration of a formerly worthwhile, productive senator.