GOP Senator Says He’ll Block Clinton Supreme Court Nominees

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

North Carolina Senator Richard Burr has joined Arizona Senator John McCain in pledging to block future Supreme Court nominees under a Clinton presidency.

Burr privately spoke to a group of local volunteers when he said he would block nominees forever.

"If Hillary Clinton becomes president, I am going to do everything I can do to make sure four years from now, we still got an opening on the Supreme Court," Burr said, according to CNN.

Burr also told supporters in the recording that President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland didn't have a chance of being confirmed in the lame duck session of Congress.

For all the reasons we've outlined here before, creating a permanent vacancy on the Supreme Court would be a quagmire. Having an empty seat on the court has already created problems in form of deadlocked decisions that leave major questions unanswered.

And it may not end at a single seat. As other justices retire, there's no reason to believe Republicans would be inclined to fill those seats either and, in that case, we could have a constitutional crisis on our hands.

Republicans don't seem to care if their obstruction creates a constitutional crisis, they only care about banning abortion, overturning gay marriage, and upholding discrimination. Their obstruction is an admission that they cannot win social movement cases on substance and merit. The want to resurrect and reappoint Antonin Scalia and several men just like him so they can roll back the last 50 years of social progress.

Those reading this who live in relevant states need to vote for Democratic senate candidates. Make calls for them if you can.

  • Christopher Foxx

    Their obstruction is an admission that they cannot win social movement cases on substance and merit.

    EXACTLY! They are the worst kind of person. They know they are in the wrong and they continue to do it anyway.

  • Draxiar

    So you admit that you’re not going to do the job you were hired and paid for. Awesome. You no longer have any ground to stand on when you accuse people of being lazy and getting handouts from the government. Fuck you have a nice day.

  • swift_4

    I remember researching it a while back. The Constitution, as always, is vague about the number of Supreme Court Justices. It basically leaves that up to Congress to make a law.

    And they did. Republicans are going to cite “a long history” of the number of seats changing. That long history was in the beginning. Somewhere along the line, Congress made a law fixing the number of seats at 9.

    So not filling this seat is in violation of that law.

  • Victor the Crab

    Back in the good ol’ days, scum like this would have been executed for a little thing called treason.

  • muselet

    “Vote for me! I promise I will trample on the Constitution and will not well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office!”



  • Toolymegapoopoo

    I guess when a huge number of your base supporters believe ( and I mean REALLY BELIEVE!!!) that we are in the end times, what have you got to lose? The GOP has been very clear over the last 10 or so years that they are perfectly comfortable in watching the world burn rather than accept the fact that a man can kiss another man in public. They would make the world homeless to just to keep poor people from getting affordable health care. They would start a nuclear war to keep renewable energy unattainable. These are horrible, cynical people we are dealing with here.

  • gescove

    It’s already a Constitutional crisis. The federal judiciary is in a state of emergency due to the inexcusable inaction of Congress on judicial nominees. A functional government requires that elected representatives actually participate in the process. Why do Republican hate the Constitution and the rule of law?

  • Nefercat

    “Republicans … only care about banning abortion, overturning gay marriage, and upholding discrimination.”
    I’m not even sure they care so much about those things any more. They give me the impression that they are the most frustrated people on earth. They WILL NOT let that uppity black man get away with thinking he is just as good as any white man. They WILL NOT let that uppity bitch get away with thinking that she can tell men what to do. They WILL NOT allow people of color or women or any other non-white non-male get away with not knowing their place. Their efforts are futile of course, but that doesn’t matter to them any more.

    No matter what Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton promised at this point, I think republicans can only fasten on “teaching them a lesson” about who is boss. They are demented, foaming at the mouth loons who are no longer capable of any rational thought on any subject at all. They will gladly shoot themselves in the foot or cut off their noses to spite their angry faces if they think they can also somehow harm Clinton or Obama by doing so.

    • Georgie
    • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

      I think the real problem isn’t racism and misogyny. These are apparent manifestations and, while certainly real factors for a minority of the Red Shirt base, aren’t the motivating factors for a party nominally representing half the country.

      I think the real issue is that Red Shirts believe this is THEIR country. It’s THEIRS, damnit, not ours. Not yours. Not mine. Not some recent immigrant. Not the homosexuals. Not the liberals. Not the women’s rights folks. THEIRS.

      This country, lock,stock, and barrel, belongs to the red blooded heartland TRUE AMERICANS.

      And the True Americans know what makes this country great. They know it deep in their cowboy boots. It is a manifest destiny for Greatness in the form of a Leave It To Beaver culture that never existed and an idealized post-WWII high of economic and military might and global standing. All deviations from that are prima facie negative. It is so obvious and so self-evident, that any any effort to change is destroying America and can only be read as a deliberate conspiracy to destroy America’s God-Given divine right to greatness. Thus Liberals, Jews, gays, city-slickers, RINOS, etc are all the enemy.

      We – you and I – are intrinsically illegitimate as we are not real Americans. Thus any “win” on our part is really a “stolen” election. Obama didn’t win. He was illegitimate. And he STOLE what rightfully belonged to the True Americans. Not because he is black or a foreign sounding name, but because he is not a True American (read: Conservative). Because the Presidency BELONGS to the True Americans, not to all Americans, just the True Americans. Same with Clinton. If (when!) she wins, it will have been an illegitimate stolen rigged election. How could it be otherwise? She cannot hold office because she is not the chosen of the True Americans. Thus she has no right to appoint SCOTUS judges. Thus they must prove that she is illegitimate. They must impeach her. They must impugn her. They must out her for her crimes that MUST exist because otherwise, how could she have stolen something that God himself and Jesus Christ (who, by the way, was a blonde haired, blue eyed, English speaking white American with no radical socialist views) personally gave them stewardship of.