SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): “It's hard for me to imagine a nominee [for the Supreme Court] that Donald Trump would choose that would get Republican support that we could support. So you're right.” RACHEL MADDOW, MSNBC: “So you will do your best to hold the seat open.” SCHUMER: “Absolutely.”(The Rachel Maddow Show, MSNBC, 1/3/2017)Some rather ironic historical examples:
As any followers of the Supreme Court know, Justices Stevens, Kennedy, and Souter were nominated by Republican presidents but as Supreme Court justices came to liberal policy outcomes and used living constitutional methods of reasoning in their opinions more often than not. But liberals had a political motive to attack the character of these Republican presidential nominees. Just remember in the next few weeks: whatever liberals and Democrats say about Trump's nominee, it doesn't actually have anything to do with the nominee.