G.O.P. Senators Say Obama Supreme Court Pick Will Be Shunned
WASHINGTON — Senate Republican leaders said Tuesday that there would be no confirmation hearings, no vote, not even a courtesy meeting with President Obama’s nominee to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, all but slamming shut any prospects for an election-year Supreme Court confirmation.
Together with a written vow from Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee that they would not hold any confirmation hearings, the pledge was the clearest statement yet from the Senate’s majority party that it would do everything it can to prevent Mr. Obama from shifting the ideological balance of the nation’s high court. Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, urged Mr. Obama to reconsider even submitting a name.
Let’s not pretend that the GOP has any interest in effectively governing this country. Their goal is to simply prevent Obama from accomplishing anything. When you consider that 2 of their leading candidates are Senators who are most notable for 2 of the 3 highest percentages of missed votes in 2015, along with dismal records in leadership, and the third is an unhinged and unsecured cannon firing off rounds at random, you can only reach one conclusion. If the GOP remains in power, and regains more power, this country is in for a long dark spell for anybody who isn’t white, (their version of) christian, well educated and involved in a ‘traditional’ marriage.
The clowns have truly taken over the circus, the term “Advise and Consent” has been re-interpreted as “Antagonize and Confound”. The problem is that to the GOP core, this isn’t BAD behavior, this is exactly what they want.
“The Senate, the world’s greatest deliberative body?” the minority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, asked, railing against the Republicans. “They’re not going to deliberate at all.”
Mr. Reid asserted that Senate Republicans were taking direction from the party’s leading presidential candidates — “It’s what Donald Trump and Ted Cruz want.” He also took aim at Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, who has the power to hold confirmation hearings but signed the letter to Mr. McConnell on Tuesday, along with every other committee Republican, saying no such proceedings would take place until a new president is in the White House.
It’s an excellent article, recommend a full read.