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Rush Limbaugh Tells McConnell to Skip Confirmation Hearings, Go Straight to Vote

It is clear Mitch McConnell now has the votes to confirm a Supreme Court Justice, but Rush Limbaugh wants Senate Republicans to get to a vote as fast as possible.
Rush Limbaugh suggested that Senate Republicans should skip the confirmation hearings altogether and just move the candidate straight to the Senate floor for a Vote.
 
At first glance, this sounds insane. The confirmation hearings are important! We need to know what this nominee is all about!
 
In the past, that argument would have made sense. But nowadays, everyone already knows everything about each nominee before they are even nominated.
 
Take Amy Coney Barrett, the likely nominee. Her character has already been dragged through the mud by big publications like Newsweek. Take this tweet, which hilariously blew up in their faces, for example.

As it turns out, Barrett and People of Praise had nothing to do with the inspiration for the book. Newsweek had to issue an embarrassing correction.
 
Correction: This article’s headline originally stated that People of Praise inspired ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’. The book’s author, Margaret Atwood, has never specifically mentioned the group as being the inspiration for her work.
 
They “regret” the error but have not retracted the story.
 
This is why Limbaugh offered McConnel his advice on skipping the confirmation hearings altogether.

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.– Rush Limbaugh
 
The Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings are nothing but political posturing, even when without the character assassination. No member of the panel goes into those hearings any more on appellate confirmations without their votes already decided. Their questions aren’t designed to elicit any useful information in regard to political philosophy, and since the Robert Bork hearings, nominees have been smart enough to avoid saying much about that anyway. They are combat arenas, with nominees sometimes ending up caught in the crossfire between the partisans but more recently being the primary targets. The Kavanaugh hearings were an utter disgrace in that regard.
 
In this instance, the first impulse would be to keep the process as normal as possible, however. That would give political cover to the more vulnerable (or less committed) members of the Senate Republican caucus, especially those who are throwing in now on the basis of normalcy. On the other hand, one has to wonder just how many Senate Republicans on the committee really want to provide Democrats with another opportunity for nationally televised character assassination. McConnell might do some of those a favor by getting Lindsey Graham to push for an immediate vote without a hearing.
 
At the very least, it would be one less circus in a year with more clowns than usual. But one does also have to wonder whether it might benefit Republicans to allow Democrats to get shown on television going full nutter just days before an election. That might be valuable in itself.
 
 
 
Sources: Hot Air: Limbaugh to McConnell

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