Senate makes Supreme Court a top election issue

gavel CNN – Senate GOP: No hearings for Supreme Court nominee

In an unprecedented move, Senate Republicans vowed to deny holding confirmation hearings for President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee — even promising to deny meeting privately with whomever the President picks.

The historic move outraged Democrats and injected Supreme Court politics into the center of an already tense battle for the White House.

“I don’t know how many times we need to keep saying this: The Judiciary Committee has unanimously recommended to me that there be no hearing. I’ve said repeatedly and I’m now confident that my conference agrees that this decision ought to be made by the next president, whoever is elected,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday.

The announcement prompted sharp criticism from Democrats, who contended that the GOP-led Senate was failing to do its job and would be risking its tenuous hold on the majority in the fall elections.

This is blatantly partisan dirty pool.

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  • Indignation solves no problems. We have to look at Obama’s stellar record of disassembling OFA rapidly after his election, and enshrining Republican Governments in many states, and well as the Senate and House, after his disastrous year long Obamacare fiasco.

    Place the blame where it belongs. On Both sets of parties, Democratic and Republican.

    It occurs to me both parties like the current arrangement. The Democrats can blame the Republicans, because the democrats have engineered their comfortable position but cannot perform, and the Republicans are delivering their promises to their rich, white base.

    Democrats strengths rise from Unions. Where are the unions now? Supported by ANY party?

  •   It is just another example of the GOP crap, all of a piece with their original promise to “make Obama a one-term President”. When that didn’t work, they focused on being generally obstructive to anything Obama or Democrats wanted. Their hypocritical claim that the court appointment deserves the “will of the people” is false in two ways.
      If the FF & Constitution intended for the Supreme Court to be directly selected by The People, it would have been an elective position rather than an appointed position. The People have already indirectly made their choice by electing Obama to – among other duties – nominate judges for the Supreme Court. And was elected to serve until Jan 20, 2017, not just part of his term. And the obstructionists were also elected with the obligation to do their job, which they are now promising not to do.
      Obama should make his nomination and force the GOP to either fulfill their obligation or broadcast to the electorate their refusal to honor their constitutionally-mandated responsibilities.
      It is possible that their intransigence on this issue will come back to bite them in November. Unfortunately, it’s more likely it will just add to the ‘government isn’t working’ theme that The Donald is using to arouse the stupid people he’s so fond of.

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