Senators’ talk short of walk
Several Republican senators responsibly pushed back Thursday against President Donald Trump’s refusal to commit to ceding power should he lose the Nov. 3 election.
But talk is cheap and many of those senators have failed in the past to deter Trump from his worst instincts. They need to act.
Sens. Mitt Romney of Utah and Marco Rubio of Florida, for example, condemned Trump’s comments. But both are committed to his rapid appointment of a Supreme Court justice prior to the election.
Trump also has said he wants the ninth justice confirmed to help decide the election, indicating that he plans to create a crisis for the court to resolve in his favor. That alone should require the new justice to recuse herself from any matter involving the election, since the nomination clearly is predicated on the expectation that the appointee will vote for Trump’s interests.
Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mcconnell said Thursday that there will be a smooth transition if Trump loses, but given his record on court appointments, there is no reason to believe anything he says.
The best solution is for the Senate to hold off on considering any Supreme Court appointment until after the election, to best ensure that the election is decided by voters rather than by Mcconnell’s manipulation of the Supreme Court appointment process.