A reminder that discussions of modern politics are not allowed outside of the Mindless Monday and Free For All Friday threads. While this post comes from something a current political candidate said, it is a post about Lincoln and therefore political history. Please limit your discussion to the post material, not whatever your current feelings about the Supreme Court vacancy is. Mr Vice President I’m Speaking Kamala Harris Election 2020 Shirt This is an interesting analysis of those events. Are there any period documents you can pull from? The one period quote you pull from about Lincoln “waiting to receive expressions of public opinion from the country,” sounds on the surface like it supports Harris’ assertion.
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If this was what Harris was relying on, it would be a novel interpretation of these events. I’m not sure if I edited this in after you read it, but I really think the smoking gun is simply the uniformity of defeated parties pushing lame duck session supreme court appointments during the antebellum era. Republican unity, which had made Lincoln’s reelection possible, would be essential if Reconstruction were to proceed smoothly, but that unity was gravely threatened by Radicals who had supported Lincoln during the presidential campaign but might not be accommodating afterward. Mr Vice President I’m Speaking Kamala Harris Election 2020 Shirt To keep them cooperating with Moderates and Conservatives was the president’s greatest challenge in the wake of his electoral triumph. –
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That’s completely fair. I think the strongest grounds are that Sen. Harris failed to provide evidence of her interpretation which seemed to be completely off the historical radar. It appears to be introduced by politicians for something of immediate political relevance. It feels like a lot of arguments made in 2016 by Republicans when arguing not only that nominees had been refused in run up to election but that this was a strong norm that actively guided the senate for over a hundred years. Mr Vice President I’m Speaking Kamala Harris Election 2020 Shirt This reads to me as an evolution from an existing talking point to citing Lincoln as a possible analogous situation to simply assuming Lincoln had the same justifications the speaker does for maximum rhetorical effect. If we pulled some interview tape with people associated with major democrats we could probably trace the evolution along the lines I just mentioned until we reach what Kamala actually said on the debate stage.