The Republicans are marching in lockstep now and they are all headed in the same direction, which I fervently hope is over the cliff. I’d love to see a good old-fashioned splat. The bloodier and gorier the better.
No way, no how, are they even going to allow a hearing on a vote for the nomination of the next SC justice.
According to The Hill…
Taking action on a Supreme Court nominee — even through the Judiciary Committee — when Obama has less than a year left in his term would be a cardinal sin, conservative activists say.
They argue the ideological balance of the court is so important that it’s not worth playing political games to take the pressure off vulnerable Republican incumbents.
“I would rank having a conservative justice as more important than having the majority in the Senate,” said David Bozell, president of For America, a conservative advocacy group. “God knows this Republican majority in the Senate hasn’t done much anyway for conservatism, period.”
“If you look at some of the conservative movement’s successes, it’s in large part due to the court doing some decent things and making some good decisions,” he added.
But, forgive me if I am stupid – doesn’t that mean that that the GOP will have to win the presidential election and retain the Senate for those loonies to appoint a new judge?
Apparently the majority of American people don’t like what the GOP are doing. They do want to play by the rules.
Courtesy of Daily Kos:
Republican Sens. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Rob Portman of Ohio have decided that hanging with the extremists is the way to go on the Supreme Court, each of them parroting Mitch McConnell’s line that this president should not be allowed a nomination. According to new polling from PPP, those are not popular positionsamong the general electorate back home.
-Strong majorities of voters—58/35 in Ohio and 57/40 in Pennsylvania—think that the vacant seat on the Supreme Court should be filled this year. What’s particularly noteworthy about those numbers—and concerning for Portman and Toomey—is how emphatic the support for approving a replacement is among independent voters. In Ohio they think a new Justice should be named this year 70/24 and in Pennsylvania it’s 60/37. Those independent voters are going to make the difference in these tight Senate races, and they have no tolerance for obstructionism on the vacancy.-Voters are particularly angry about Senators taking the stance that they’re not going to approve anyone before even knowing who President Obama decides to put forward. By a 76/20 spread in Pennsylvania and a 74/18 one in Ohio, voters think the Senate should wait to see who is nominated to the Court before deciding whether or not to confirm that person. Toomey and Portman are out of line even with their own party base on that one—Republicans in Pennsylvania think 67/27 and in Ohio think 63/32 that the Senate should at least give President Obama’s choice a chance before deciding whether or not to confirm them.
Ya see, if you change the rules halfway through, then there is a strong possibility that the other crowd might just take notice and do exactly the same to you. Quid pro quo or something along those lines. I have a great grasp of the Mexican language! 🙂
I still feel Obama will win this one.
Please proceed, GOP.