Sen. Patrick Leahy (D., Vt.), the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was accused of hypocrisy on Sunday for advocating a swift replacement to the Supreme Court seat left vacant by Associate Justice Antonin Scalia's death on Saturday.
CNN reporter Dana Bash, filling in as host on State of the Union, asked Leahy to comment on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s statement that the body will not vote to fill Scalia’s seat until after the presidential election.
“I think he’s making a terrible mistake and he’s certainly ignoring the constitution and its responsibilities,” Leahy said.
“But Senator, I want to ask you about something called the Thurmond Rule, which is an informal agreement in the Senate that the party not in the White House blocks all judicial nominees during a presidential campaign season.” Bash said. “You subscribed to that when it was the opposite, so why is it different now?”
Leahy said he does not believe the rule applies here, prompting Bash to ask if he would still believe that if the roles were reversed.