“My vote is the process and I am not going to be part of setting a precedent. We’re going to rue the day that we did this,” “This is setting a precedent that’s never been set in 240 years,” he said.
That’s not quite right , Joe. John Adams appointed Chief Justice John Marshall—and the Senate confirmed him—in January 1801, after Adams and the Federalists lost the ugly 1800 election to Thomas Jefferson and the Democratic-Republicans. The late 1790s were one of the few periods when American politics was as polarized as today, with the Federalists seen by their opponents as monarchists and the Democratic-Republicans as Jacobin-sympathizers. It should be noted that 14 presidents have appointed 21 justices during presidential election years. A half-dozen presidents—not just Adams but Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, John Tyler, Rutherford Hayes and Benjamin Harrison—filled Supreme Court seats even though their successors had been elected. Joe, just do your job,