I read what I thought was a very good article at TPM tonight. Josh Marshall explains the reasoning behind the “three nos” currently being embraced by Mitch McConnell and his gang of treasonous bastards in relation to their refusal to meet, hear or vote on a Supreme Court nominee.
As I said before, let’s not forget the massive stakes for Republicans in the next Supreme Court nominee. Many Republicans would genuinely prefer to maintain control of the Supreme Court than elect the next President. Republican control of the Court, a de facto reality for more than a generation with total control going back a decade, is that big a deal.
However, they know this could affect the outcome of the elections in November, so they want all the fuss about their obstructionism out of the way before then.
A colleague told me that he can’t believe someone as savvy as Mitch McConnell can’t read the electoral tea leaves. And perhaps he can. He probably can. But that only tells me what’s behind the ferocity of the “three nos.” They need to end the debate now to avoid the political fallout. It is entirely within Mitch McConnell’s power to simply never hold a vote, which is all that really matters for the Court. But managing the politics is another matter. And that is why it is critical to end the debate now.
(My bolding in the above quote).
So what the Democrats have to do is draw out this whole nomination process and keep it front and centre right up until the election.
I don’t expect President Obama to make a nomination any time soon. Already rumours are floating that he is vetting Governor Sandoval (R – Nevada). This would place the Mitchrats in a very awkward position. Imagine not even having a meeting with one of your own! I think lots and lots (Trump’s favourite word) of nominees will be vetted over the coming months.
There are also ominous signs coming from Fox News of all places. Martha MacCallum grilled Mike Lee today on the refusal of the Mitchrats to even have a hearing. Roger Ailes’ lawyer, Peter Johnson, Jr. has also come out in favour of a hearing. For the life of me I can’t find that link – I was doing a lot of reading today. I should have bookmarked it. Sigh…
So, it ain’t over until the fat lady sings and President Obama is one helluva chess player.
Also and too, the GOP have major problems trying to contain Donald Trump. 🙂