This morning I praised Ben Sasse for his powerful speech yesterday during the Brett Kavanaugh hearings. I still do. Sasse chided his fellow Senators for not doing their jobs as defined by the Constitution.
But where was Sasse’s constitutional principles when his party decided not to give a hearing to Merrick Garland, Barack Obama’s choice to replace Antonin Scalia? Where was the Senate’s lively and engaged debate, the kind of stuff Sasse talked about in his Kavanaugh speech? At the time, Sasse didn’t say much about Garland. But as I see it, he certainly didn’t defend the Senate’s constitutional requirement to advise and consent. Sasse was complicit in this partisan attempt to undermine Obama’s appointee.
Here are a couple links:
According to this Washington Post graphic, Sasse did not support hearings for Garland and refused to meet with him.
When NPR’s Steve Inskeep asked him about why the GOP turned the Merrick nomination into a partisan issue, Sasse dodged the question.