It may very well have been unfair, but there's nothing that can be done about at this point. Personally I think Garland should have at least gotten a vote. But again, what McConnell did was in direct response to what Harry Reid did. Reid set the table for Garland to happen, and he was warned by people in his own party that precisely that very thing was likely to happen. Reid dismissed that warning saying Republicans do not have the resolve to follow through on such a threat.Because the way it was with Garland was unfair. Denying Obama's nominee a vote in the Senate was an unfair act of malfeasance on McConnell's part. It is an act that merits McConnell's removal from office in my opinion.
It does not. Not at all. McConnell's actions didn't deprive anyone of their due process rights, whereas Nancy's actions did so quite intentionally. The Constitution is pretty clear on who has the sole authority to launch an impeachment, and it ain't the Speaker and a handful of committee chairpeoples. The Constitution states "The House of Representatives shall choose their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment." The House of Representatives is not the Speaker of said House, nor a collection of committee chairman, it's the House itself.Your complaint about Pelosi and Republican House member rights in the impeachment inquiry is not without merit. But if you're OK with McConnell's actions under the Senate rules, it logically follows that you must be OK with Pelosi's actions under the House rules, does it not?
The House has begun impeachment proceedings 62 times,and nineteen federal officials have been formally impeached as a result, But in all 62 cases, save one (coincidentally, the most recent one), a full vote of the House of Representatives is what initiated the impeachment proceedings.
It's most definitely not fair, but politics isn't designed to be fair, so "not fair" is arguably the weakest argument against what Nancy did. What is a strong argument, however, is that by initiating impeachment proceedings by decree of the Speaker, it deprives not only the subject of the impeachment of Constitutional due process rights, but it deprives The People of the ability of holding accountable their elected representatives. It's the People's House, and the will of The People isn't even being consulted, they have no say in this matter. And that's outrageous, no matter who is the subject of the impeachment proceedings.