Today, it appears that Colorado’s U.S. Sen. Bennet shirked his committee duties again in an attempt to block votes on key cabinet positions as the Senate Finance Committee met without Democrats and passed cabinet positions onto a full vote. But Bennet’s actions are somewhat surprising given his statement last year about Merrick Garland’s lack of confirmation. Here’s what Bennet said then:
“The President has fulfilled his constitutional obligation by selecting a nominee to fill the vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. Now, it is the Senate’s constitutional responsibility to thoroughly vet Judge Garland through meetings, hearings, and a vote to confirm or deny his nomination. It is what Presidents and the Senate have done throughout our history.
“This is not the time to play politics to satisfy our political bases. The Senate should do its job. How we manage our constitutional duty to provide serious consideration and deliberation to a rare appointment to the nation’s highest judicial office will determine whether we deserve the respect of Americans who rightly expect us to exhibit dignity, mutual respect, and wisdom on their behalf.” (the Peak emphasis)
Funny how things change when the shoe is on the other foot….