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Letter: Republicans are selective in their reading of history

Republicans are selective in their reading of history

When President Obama was elected in 2008, the Republicans were very unhappy. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Republican agenda was to make Obama a one-term president. Republican icon Rush Limbaugh (married three times and drug-afflicted) said he wanted Obama to fail. So when the health plan approved by the Heritage Foundation and Mitt Romney was pushed by Obama, the Republicans suddenly hated the plan.

Now we have a Supreme Court opening and, once again, Republicans are making up rules to stop Obama. Ponder this. In 1988, the last year of Ronald Reagan’s second term, he appointed Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was approved by unanimous consent. When Antonin Scalia, appointed by Reagan, was confirmed it was again by unanimous consent. No, it was not because all the Democrats loved him but rather it was the civility of the system. Republicans do point out that Robert Bork was turned down by the Democrats, but in fact that was preceded by the Republicans turning down Lyndon Johnson’s choice of Abe Fortas as chief justice.

For a so-called originalist, how is it that Scalia put the Supreme Court in the middle of the presidential election of 2000 and basically gave it to George W. Bush? I do not recall seeing that in the text. Republicans are very selective in their reading of history!

Robert Snyder

Clarence Center