Supreme Court nomination – the stupid party again

images-2Republicans control the Senate. They could have simply gone through the motions of considering President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, holding hearings, but letting him dangle in the wind without a vote. Or, ultimately, just vote him down. They have the votes.

But no. Instead they insist on making themselves look terrible, partisan, and obstructionist, by refusing to even allow the process to occur.

Mitch McConnell’s speech, after the nomination announcement, made no sense. With a straight face, he accused the president of politicizing the matter, just by submitting a name. But the Constitution says that’s what the president shall do. It isn’t an arguable point.

These Republicans act as though they’re confident of winning the presidency and then naming Scalia’s replacement. images-3What planet are they living on? Have they noticed who their likely presidential nominee is? An ideological wild card, whom they detest? Whose own supreme court pick they might also detest? Who will likely lose the election anyway, and may even lose them control of the Senate besides?

Then Hillary picks Scalia’s replacement. Meantime, Obama has offered a relatively moderate nominee, who is 63 and thus would not be on the court forever. Republicans should grab that deal while they can.

I consider myself a Republican; I expect Republican senators to be partisan. But not stupidly suicidal.


6 Responses to “Supreme Court nomination – the stupid party again”

  1. wolfgang Says:

    Well spoken Frank. Agree completely (though not republican).

  2. Joseph Sermarini Says:

    Obstruction has become more the Republican rule than the exception. I don’t mean just nominations. But, our government was designed to make changes difficult without some consensus and compromise. We have survived eight years of obstruction already and we are actually doing OK. If Hilary is elected, can the Republicans keep it up for another four or eight more years? The country would survive. I don’t think the Republican party would. Sooner or later people will tire of the game. Someday we must return to normalcy.

    On the other hand, if Trump wins and the Republicans keep the house and senate, no consensus or compromise with the Democrats will be needed. The Republicans will be able to do all things promised. I don’t think the Republican party would survive that either. A lot of people will realize that they don’t really want to end Social Security as we know it, or shut down the EPA, or deregulate banks again, or have more tax breaks for the rich that somehow do not balance the budget. Of course we will have a nice new wall. Maybe it will become a tourist attraction.

  3. rationaloptimist Says:

    Joseph’s 1st paragraph: obstruction and scorched-earth partisanship have been with us longer than Obama’s eight years. And the country is not actually OK for it.
    2nd paragraph: ain’t gonna happen.

  4. Paul Landsberg Says:

    Risk versus reward. If you look at election results over the past 8 years, Republicans that compromise are losing elections. The party overall has made huge strides in terms of seats by not compromising. For these well trained (and bought) seals, why would they compromise? For the good of the country? Really? When your top candidates all categorically state they will support Trump if he is the nominee, there can be no doubt that their loyalty is to the party over all else.

  5. Bumba Says:

    Partisan, suicidal, seditious. Shameless. And it’s nothing new.

  6. Greg Says:

    Obstruction of any policy initiatives that weren’t hard right is a “my way or the highway” approach that was bound to fail. As a result we have little or no action for the last 7 years on important issues such as jobs, immigration, infrastructure, tax reform, and budget balancing. And we also get Donald Trump who seems to be popular because a certain cadre of voters believe, rightly or wrongly, that he will actually do something.

    Whether one is conservative or liberal, you have to be disgusted with the inability of our elected representatives to work together to deal with issues facing the Nation. I don’t think Trump is the answer, but the people in office now aren’t doing their job. Where do we go next?

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