Running with the Monday opening of Judge Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation hearings for the position of Supreme Court Justice, the Judicial Crisis Network released a new video ad promoting the Senate’s approval.
“Democrats are attacking Judge Neil Gorsuch because he won’t promise to support their political agenda,” a voiceover in the ad begins.
Then in a “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander” moment, the ad pivots to the 1993 confirmation hearings of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, during which she refused to answers posed to her by senators — in excess of 70 times.
Her repeated refusal prompted then-Sen. Joe Biden to come to her support.
“You not only have a right to choose what you will answer and not answer, but in my view you should not answer a question of what your view will be,” he told her during the course of the confirmation proceedings.
Biden played a similar role in a previous Judicial Crisis Network ad released early last year after then-President Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to the high court.
When the Republican-controlled Senate refused to hold confirmation hearings because it was an electrion year, Democrats cried foul.
The group’s video ad that year was titled, “To confirm or not to confirm: Democrats vs. Joe Biden.”
It featured another statement by then-Sen. Biden arguing against confirming a high court nominee in an election year.
“Action on a Supreme Court nomination must be put off until after the election campaign is over,” he said in a Senate floor speech. “That is what is fair to the nominee and is central to the process.”
Of course, that was in 1992 when George H.W. Bush, a Republican, was president and wanted to fill a Supreme Court vacancy and Bush was in a re-election campaign against the future President Bill Clinton.
Conservatives on social media loved it.
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