Remember back when the late Justice Antonin Scalia died and before his body had even achieved rigor mortis Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell came out to immediately say they would block President Obama from nominating someone new to the bench? Yeah, that was before Donald Trump was the GOP nominee and before Obama picked a moderate judge to take Scalia’s spot. That was a really bad strategy on McConnell’s part.
Now, the ever-so-gracious Senate Democrats are giving Republicans an out before the SCOTUS nomination is handed over to Hillary Clinton if (READ: when) she wins the election — or worse handed to an impulsive and congenitally ignorant Trump if by some miracle he wins. And Republicans should be falling over each other trying to kiss Sen. Harry Reid’s ass for the chance he’s giving them to save face and save themselves from a more liberal Clinton appointee — but they probably aren’t smart enough to take a good deal when they see one.
According to Roll Call, Democratic Senators are planning on using procedural moves to force Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination out of the Senate Judiciary Committee and onto the floor for a vote by means of a motion to discharge vote.
Sen. Reid said:
We have a couple of options and we’re deciding when to do that — and if we should do that.
With new polls coming out every day showing Trump trailing Clinton — even in traditionally red states like Arizona, Georgia, South Carolina, Missouri, and Mississippi — it’s looking more and more likely Clinton will win the general election. That means these Republican strategy wizards will have missed their chance to usher in a SCOTUS justice who, while left of Scalia, is more to the right than the other liberal justices. Confirming Garland would make both sides of the political aisle happy.
Unfortunately, Sen. McConnell’s turtle-sized dick is still hard over the fact he told the President ‘no’ and likely doesn’t realize he’s losing the long game. When McConnell and the Senate Judiciary Committee said they would let America decide who the next SCOTUS should be by picking a president, they were still holding onto the belief the election was in the bag for a Republican at that point. And then Trump happened. And now their dreams of putting Scalia 2.0 on the bench are going up in smoke.
The tide is turning and once again when Republicans thought they had outfoxed Obama, they’re seeing that he had them from the day he announced Garland’s nomination.
Reid has said from the beginning that eventually the Republicans would begin to roll over, and while they haven’t shown signs of breaking, they’re looking ever more ridiculous the longer this vote lingers in the air. With a tied bench, cases are swinging in favor of the left, and appeals court rulings are sticking — not finding a replacement for Scalia hasn’t worked well for the GOP.
And if right-wing voters are so anxious about Clinton’s Supreme Court nominees “abolishing the Second Amendment” as Donald Trump erroneously tells them, then they would be wise to urge their Senators to just hold their noses and confirm the moderate and be done with it.
The more Trump careens through this election, the more vulnerable Republican Senators who have endorsed him become in their reelections. With a Democratic Senate majority (which is looking likely), a Democratic president, we could nominate President Obama to the bench and there would be nothing Republicans could do about it.
And they would have no one to blame but themselves.
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