Just a historical reminder about Judges and Election Years….
The last time a Republican-led Senate confirmed a nominee put forth by a Democratic president was 1895, when it confirmed Rufus W. Peckham after he was nominated by Grover Cleveland.
Since then, Democratic-controlled Senates have approved 13 nominees by Republican presidents.
Before 2016, there had been just seven election-year confirmation battles since the beginning of the 20th century.
In the most recent case, Anthony M. Kennedy, who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan, was confirmed in 1988 by a Democratic Senate in a 97-to-0 vote after a grueling seven-month process.
The only time a Senate has failed to confirm a nominee in an election year was 1968, when the nomination of Abe Fortas was withdrawn.
Both the Senate and the White House were controlled by Democrats at the time.
March 20, 2014
September 30, 2017