Whoops! GOP Senator Admits Their SCOTUS Blockade is Partisan Bullshit

I would thank Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) for not knowing when to keep his mouth shut, but what he has to say is not always so amusing or enlightening.

The senator from Wisconsin best known for saying The Lego Movie was an "insidious" liberal indoctrination plot appeared on the Wisconsin radio show "Morning Mess" where he spelled out the GOP's reason for refusing to even hold a hearing on a Supreme Court nominee.

The host hypothesized that things would be different if Mitt Romney were in the White House.

"It’s a different situation," Johnson said. "Generally, and this is the way it works out politically, if you’re replacing — if a conservative president’s replacing a conservative justice, there’s a little more accommodation to it."

"But when you’re talking about a conservative justice now being replaced by a liberal president who would literally flip the court — you know, let’s face it, I don’t think anybody’s under any illusion — President Obama’s nominee would flip the court from a 5-4 conservative to a 5-4 liberal controlled court," the senator continued.

"There's a little more accommodation" for a Republican president he says.

No shit.

Johnson went on to say that the American people should decide but, the thing is, the American people already decided. We voted to elected President Obama twice. He's still the president. He will continue to be the president until the end of the year. The Constitution does not say the president's authority and responsibility runs out after three years.

  • Cal Damage

    So let’s keep this straight. If Scalia or Thomas had died or resigned 20 minutes after Obama had been sworn in, the Republicans would have prevented his appointing a Justice for 4 years. Sweet. Of course, that case did not occur. Dems had the Senate in 2008, along with the House. They didn’t lose the Senate until the 2014 elections. So there’s the consequences of the OVEFY crowd: Only Votes Every Four Years. So in these cases, the GOP couldn’t have prevented committee or confirmation hearings except by filibuster.

  • David Greenberg

    It is scary and depressing that enough people who vote were lacking enough in intelligence to elect such a dumb putz to the “exalted” role of senator.
    In a related question has anybody studied why democrats turn out in such small numbers to vote? Say what we will about rep voters, they seem more motivated when it comes to voting. That really needs to change or we can’t piss and moan if we don’t like the results.

  • muselet

    That there is what’s known in certain circles as “blowing the gaff.”


  • Aynwrong

    “if a conservative president’s replacing a conservative justice, there’s a little more accommodation to it.”

    007 sums up my reaction best.
    “Shocking. Positively shocking.”

  • ninjaf

    In fact, I think the Constitution is pretty clear in stating that the President’s term is 4 years. Hence, the whole election cycle we are living through currently.

  • Badgerite

    Donate to Russ Feingold. Pleeeeeeease.