(NewsGlobal.com)- On Monday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin said he has already begun reaching out to Republican Senators to gain support for President Biden’s Supreme Court nominee, and “several” are open to voting for confirmation.
Take from that what you will. Dick Durbin is hardly a reliable source and has a history of overstating the facts.
While Durbin admits that no Republican has made any promise of support, he said that they are open to meeting with Biden’s eventual nominee.
Durbin thinks taking a meeting is some significant sign mostly because Democrats have a history of refusing to even meet with a Republican president’s SCOTUS nominee. When Amy Coney Barrett was nominated in 2020, Democrats Mazie Hirono, Richard Blumenthal, and Kirsten Gillibrand all announced ahead of time that they would not meet with her.
Among the Republican Senators Durbin said he spoke with is Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley. Yes, well, Chuck Grassley is the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Durbin talking to him could hardly be deemed “outreach.”
Durbin told Grassley that there wouldn’t be any “surprises” and assured Grassley that he would “never stab him in the back.” Has Dick Durbin met Dick Durbin?
While Durbin says he spoke to “several” other Republicans, the only other name he’s willing to drop is Maine Senator Susan Collins. But he assured reporters that his “list is longer than you would initially imagine.”
That sounds strikingly similar to “Yeah, I have a girlfriend. But you don’t know her. She goes to another school.”
Durbin, who voted against every single one of President Trump’s SCOTUS nominees said he wants this confirmation to be bipartisan because it’s “not only good for the Supreme Court; it’s good for the Senate.”
Funny how Democrats only embrace bipartisanship when their guy is nominating justices, isn’t it?
The fact remains, with Kamala Harris casting the tie-breaking vote, the Democrats don’t need a single Republican to confirm Biden’s SCOTUS pick. Durbin’s embrace of “bipartisanship” is all about getting Senate Republicans to cave to the Democrats during an election year.
And some of them probably will. Senator Lindsey Graham has already voiced his willingness to support Biden’s nominee. Graham, along with Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins, already voted last year to confirm one of the women on Biden’s shortlist. No doubt, they will do it again.