2016 Election, Elections, Hillary Clinton, SCOTUS

Tim Kaine threatens Supreme Court ‘nuclear option’

Photo: DonkeyHotey/Flickr (cc by 2.0)

Photo: DonkeyHotey/Flickr (cc by 2.0)

There are myriad reasons to vote against Hillary Clinton next week, and a big one is the Supreme Court. Gun control, campaign finance reform, and partial-birth abortion are just three areas where Clinton could challenge the Court’s past rulings — and vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine has vowed to drop the nuclear option in order to push through a liberal judge who would bend to Clinton’s will:

The “nuclear option” describes efforts to change the Senate’s rules to decide on an issue with a simple majority of senators and bypass the customary procedure requiring a two-thirds vote to overcome filibuster threats.

In an interview with The Huffington Post on the campaign trail in Ohio, Kaine offered up what he called a “prediction” about what may play out if the nomination of President Barack Obama‘s Supreme Court pick, Judge Merrick Garland, isn’t considered during the post-election lame duck session.

“We will change the Senate rules to uphold the law, that the court will be nine members,” Kaine said, pointing out that he will be serving in the Senate at least into January.

“I was in the Senate when the Republicans’ stonewalling around appointments caused Senate Democratic majority to switch the vote threshold on appointments from 60 to 51. And we did it on everything but a Supreme Court justice,” Kaine said. “If these guys think they’re going to stonewall the filling of that vacancy or other vacancies, then a Democratic Senate majority will say, ‘We’re not going to let you thwart the law.’”

Thankfully, Senate Democrats would need to win the seats needed to at least get to a 50-50 tie in order for the nuclear option to be a possibility.

In other words, it’s crucial that conservatives to get out and vote on Nov. 8.

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