Historical Precedent Supports Republicans on Supreme Court Nominations

The Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. (Yuri Gripas/Reuters)
A reply to critics

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A s I have argued, historical precedents support Senate Republicans in drawing a distinction in election-year Supreme Court nominations. When the president’s party controls the Senate, as it does in 2020, the Senate majority is well within its historic rights in confirming a nominee. It has done so 17 times out of 19. When the opposition party controls the Senate, as it did in 2016, the Senate majority is well within its historic rights in declaring that the two branches are deadlocked and the nomination should be held open for whichever party wins the national election. Only one out of ten

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