‘Hyp­o­critic Oath’

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - FROM THE COVER -

Re­gard­ing “Livid with Fe­in­stein” (Let­ters, Sept. 23): Re­gret­tably, Sen. Dianne Fe­in­stein is merely be­ing re­al­is­tic about lack­ing the abil­ity to force Repub­li­cans not to replace the es­teemed Ruth Bader Gins­burg on the Supreme Court.

Nor does she have the power to make them bow to her pres­sure, as the let­ter writer sug­gests. Hav­ing ap­par­ently taken the “Hyp­o­critic Oath,” Repub­li­cans hold the power to act now. Their cur­rent power, un­for­tu­nately, is a fact (not an al­ter­na­tive fact).

Even if it does not help the Supreme Court now, how­ever, our votes for Democrats in both the Con­gres­sional and ex­ec­u­tive branches of gov­ern­ment will at least be a step to­ward restor­ing de­cency and ac­count­abil­ity in our gov­ern­ment.

It is lit­tle com­fort that just as former Pres­i­dent Barack Obama un­doubt­edly thought the next pres­i­dent fol­low­ing him would be a Demo­crat to fill a Supreme Court seat,

Repub­li­cans now be­lieve it is likely that the next pres­i­dent will be a Demo­crat.

Jac­que­lyn Gen­try, Fos­ter City

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