Friday, April 15, 2016

Supreme Court Vacancy: In GOP Death Grip for Raw Politics and Unprincipled

Scalia Vacancy Looms Due to GOP Hardheadedness

McConnell "Rationale" Makes Zero Sense

Several major updates the Supreme Court Scalia Vacancy:

First Update (April 12, 2016):  WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Judge Merrick Garland the Obama Supreme Court nominee to replace former Justice Scalia has failed to persuade Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) during a private meeting on Tuesday to hold confirmation hearings on his nomination with Grassley saying afterwards: “The committee in the Senate won't be moving forward during this hyper-partisan election year.” (Said Grassley following a 70-minute with Judge Garland in the Senate dining room).

Related: Grassley also sought to block Garland's nomination to the federal appeals court on which he currently serves as chief judge some 20 years ago.

Judge Garland also met with Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) one of the dwindling number of moderates. Her office stated that she too had closed the door on confirming Garland. Republicans who control the Senate are refusing to advance the nomination. They are obstructionists by any definition by ignoring their constitutional obligations to proceed.

This recently from the White House press secretary: “If Republicans continue blocking Merrick Garland for the Scalia vacancy until Mr. Obama leaves office then it is almost impossible to expect that Democrats wouldn’t retaliate if given the opportunity if they were to control the Senate. What's to stop Democrats who are in charge of the Senate when a Republican is in office, from saying, 'Well, we're just going to wait the four years to fill the vacancy.' There is no material difference in that argument. That would represent a breakdown of the process.”

This reminder from McConnell – you know the Senator who pledged that the GOP’s main mission was to prevent Mr. Obama from winning a second term – how’d that work out, Mitch?

The White House press secretary is spot on … and the GOP and we all know it. The GOP would be the first to scream 'Stop the nasty DEM partisanship.' 

However, the GOP has no one to blame except themselves. They want to see the problem and the solution? Try looking in the nearest mirror.

Thanks for stopping by ... and if you can, put pressure on your GOP senator to move forward and fulfill their constitutional duty.

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