Conservative talk host Rush Limbaugh urges Senate to skip hearings on Supreme Court nominee
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKBT) — As Senate Republicans line up to sign on to President Donald Trump’s rush to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court, another Rush — as in Limbaugh — is urging them to skip confirmation hearings.
Limbaugh urged during his radio talk show Monday that Republicans should just move to confirm Trump’s pick, whom the president is expected to nominate on Saturday. He has vowed the nominee will be a woman, and his announcement will trigger an intense FBI vetting process.
Appeals Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett is considered the favorite to gain the nomination.
“I want the Judiciary Committee — that could be great if it (the hearings process) were skipped,” said Limbaugh, widely considered to be the nation’s pre-eminent right-wing radio host, although the Poynter Institute’s Politifact controversial, left-leaning scorecard, rates him as severely truth-challenged. .
“We don’t need to open that up for whatever length of time, so that whoever this nominee is can be Kavanaugh’d, or Borked, or Thomas’d. Because that’s what it’s going to be, especially when it’s not even required.”
Limbaugh’s references were to Supreme Court Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Clarence Thomas, whose successful confirmation hears were controversy, and conservative Robert Bork, who was not confirmed.
For his part, Trump retweeted The Hill’s report on Limbaugh’s comments in which he urged skipping the traditional Senate Judiciary Committee hearings and going directly to a floor vote.
Republicans are pressing for rapid hearings, perhaps as little as three days, so the Senate can confirm the nominee quickly. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is leading the process with a target of approving the nomination before the Nov. 3 Election.
Democrats, still chafing at McConnell’s refusal even to convene hearings on President Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland, argue that waiting until after the election gives voters a say in the election.
Limbaugh, whom Trump awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom with great fanfare during his State of the Union address in February, cited other reasons for eliminating hearings.
“In addition, there are people on the Judiciary Committee who need to be out campaigning in October — not trying to deflect leftist attempts to distort the nominee’s junior high school yearbook,” he said. “And when the vote count is assured, Mitch McConnell needs to take it straight to the floor of the Senate and have the vote.”
Limbaugh also said, “We don’t want to give Kamala Harris the opportunity to grandstand in that committee, as a vice-presidential running mate.”
California Sen. Harris, Joe Biden’s running mate, is on the Judiciary Committee that would question the nominee. She gained widespread notoriety for her withering questioning of Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh during hearings before he gained Senate approval in 2018.
The likelihood of approval for Trump’s nominee gained ground Tuesday when Republican Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah announced his intention to side with McConnell’s fast-tracking approach to the nomination.
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