There Is No Reason Why Republicans Shouldn’t Fill the SCOTUS Vacancy

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., September 15, 2020. (Al Drago/Reuters)
The only rules Mitch McConnell needs are in the Constitution.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE R epublicans have every right to fill the vacancy left by Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. Please save your irate emails accusing me of hypocrisy, because I have never believed or advocated for the “Biden Rule” or the “McConnell Rule” or any other fantastical “rule” regulating the confirmation process, other than the prescribed constitutional method.

In March 2016, in the heat of the Merrick Garland debate, I argued that “the Republicans’ claim that the ‘people’ should decide the nominee is kind of a silly formulation,” and the best argument for denying Barack Obama another seat on the court was to

David Harsanyi is a senior writer for National Review and the author of First Freedom: A Ride through America’s Enduring History with the Gun

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