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GOP Majority Whip: No, We’ll Never Confirm a SCOTUS Nominee

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JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Various media reports have alluded to Republicans being open to confirming a Supreme Court nominee during the lame duck session after the November election, but Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) says that's not going to happen.

"I know there has been some members of the press who asked ... how about in a lame-duck session of the Congress," he said. "I think that is a terrible idea." [...]

"I, for one, believe we ought to be consistent, and that consistent principle is the American people deserve to be heard and their voices heeded on who makes that selection to something as important as filling this vacancy on the Supreme Court," he said.

I didn't buy the reports anyway, but it's good to be clear. Republicans have no intention of doing their constitutional duty this year.

Until they say otherwise, I will assume Republicans believe Donald Trump would nominate someone more preferable. That says more about them than President Obama.

  • Christopher Foxx

    and that consistent principle is the American people deserve to be heard and their voices heeded on who makes that selection to something as important as filling this vacancy on the Supreme Court

    Which, of course, the American people did when they elected (re-elected) President Obama to a full four year term. They clearly stated their intention that he exercise all the duties of that office right up to the moment the next President is sworn in.

    This whole “shouldn’t appoint a judge when an election is coming up” crap is, as everyone here recognizes, complete and utter bullshit. Republicans don’t want their conservative icon replaced by someone more centrist or (gasp) liberal. And, as is typical for these haters of America, are too cowardly and think too little of the American public to say so.

  • GrafZeppelin127

    Well, now that their See-‘N’-Says have been programmed to say “Biden Rule” and “Priscilla Owen” and “Miguel Estrada,” we can pretty much kiss the Court goodbye.

    As Chez is so fond of saying, We suck; f*** us.

  • Draxiar

    I’m trying hard to not wish for violent things to happen to the Republicans in office that are attempting to shut down the process of filling the SCOTUS vacancy. This is naked obstructionism and they can’t even hide it anymore. Even other Republicans (ex. Charlie Baker…Governor of Massachusetts) are denouncing this course of action. These fuckwits are all about the Constitution until it’s inconvenient…just like how they treat their Christianity.

    • ninjaf

      I tried to have a facebook discussion yesterday with a friend of a friend who was all for this obstructionism because she is anti-choice and pro Second Amendment. I told her that the Second Amendment (along with the all of the Bill of Rights) doesn’t mean much if the rest of the Constitution can be ignored.

      She said I wasn’t “understanding her point.” No, you aren’t understanding mine.

      The stupid. It burns.

      • Christopher Foxx

        She said I wasn’t “understanding her point.”

        And with that comment she clearly proved yours.

  • muselet

    John Cornyn, November 9, 2016: “Merrick Garland is a fine man with a sterling record as a judge. He’ll make an excellent Supreme Court justice, unlike whoever that Hitlery woman would nominate. He has my vote!”

    –alopecia