Merrick Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court seems to have put Republican Senators on the spot. They can either continue their obstructionism, or they can go ahead and do their job by holding hearings and a vote on the nominee.
But, I am banking that they will continue their obstructionism. As a result, one sentence makes all of the sense in the world. This comes from Ken Cuccinelli of the Senate’s Conservatives Fund. He said: “If Republican Senators cannot fulfill the basic task of defending the Constitution, they should be defeated at the ballot box.”
I know his warped view of what constitutes “defending the Constitution” is different from mine. However, that does not deflect from the very fact that the Constitution says it is the responsibility of the President of the United States to nominate someone to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court, and it is the “duty” of the Senate to advise and consent on that nomination.
That basically comes down to one thing. If a member of the United States Senate does not fulfill these responsibilities spelled out in the Constitution, that member is not “defending the Constitution” but rather trying to illegally rewrite it.
As a result, any Republican Senator who does not fulfill these duties must be voted out of office in November. That is exactly what Mr. Cuccinelli is saying in his statement. Therefore, if the obstructionism fostered by Mitch McConnell and the Republican Party continues, we have no choice but vote out every Republican Senator who supports the obstructionism.
Mr. Cuccinelli does not believe in “defending the Constitution”. He believes in “defending outdated policies and illegally rewriting” the Constitution. Otherwise, he would never have made the statement.
He, of course, means that if you do your job, and defend the Constitution as it is written you are going against the Conservative Agenda, and that means you have to go. Of course, defending the Conservative Agenda and defending the Constitution are two different things. According to people like Mr. Cuccinelli, the conservative agenda is the Constitution.
That makes it very easy to flaunt defying the “sacred document” as they call it whenever you want. That allows you to pass local laws that defy federal laws and federal law enforcement officers, as have been passed in several states. It allows you to pass legal discrimination laws against groups you don’t like.
I believe that we should take Mr. Cuccinelli at his word. If the obstructionism over the Supreme Court nomination continues, we should vote out every Republican Senator up for reelection this year. That would be the best way to convince Mr. Cuccinelli that he just might be correct on this issue.
But I don’t think he would see it that way. He would surely see it as some “liberal” mob action against his conservative buddies. Then again, Mitch McConnell is too afraid of the conservative wing of his party to move forward with the process. He is more interested in keeping his position as the “leader” of the Senate than he is in doing what is right.
You don’t do what’s right even if you know that up to 70% of the American People think you should move forward with the nomination process. You can claim all you want about “only doing what the people want” without actually doing so and not suffer the consequences of your lies.
As a result, McConnell is willing to risk letting the Senate go back to the Democrats this year thinking he will fare better in 2018. Then he can remain the “leader of the Senate” when Republicans take power again.
McConnell is a weak excuse for the leadership of anything. He and the rest of the Republican Party are more interested in “titles” than they are in doing their jobs. That is why this will continue to drag on throughout the summer.
But, if Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders get elected in November, and the Democrats retake the Senate, you can bet McConnell will be more than happy to push Garland through the process in less than two weeks.
If you are a LINO (leader in name only) that is what you do.