Sung to the tune of Ah, Leah by Donny Iris….
There’s some analysis out there with a premise that McConnell and the Republicans aren’t being honest. Ah, I think they are being totally honest. IE, don’t bother is a straight answer. http://www.startribune.com/senate-gop-to-obama-don-t-bother-nominating-to-court/368919441/
Then, there’s some analysis out there that the McConnell and the Rs are too honest and candid. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/02/15/why-senate-republicans-made-a-big-mistake-on-the-supreme-court-opening/ This tends to be concern trolling, and a warning for Republican overreach. Meh.
Thing is, McConnell isn’t talking to the public or the press. He’s talking to Republicans and conservatives, for whom there can be no equivocation. And for us, this is a hill to die on. If it don’t work out in the end, and you get HRC nominating Gloria Allred… whatever.
Call it originalism or textualism, but to me it’s the people’s protection….. A Kagan, Breyer, Sotomoyer, Ginsburg type…. They are smart, certainly (well maybe not Sotomayer), but they are not principled. All discernment is done for the purpose of giving a big A-OK to the progressive administrative state, and there is no limiting principle, no having the meaning of the words exist as they were intended for the protection of the public.
So hell with it. Obstruct away, Mitch, and fear not about looking bad. It’s great to start that you, McCain, Ayotte, Graham, Portman et al are not unclear about that.
I do figure this would be a concern. http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2016/02/there-might-be-limited-supply-judges-willing-make-supreme-court-kamikaze-run Whoever gets nominated is not going to get confirmed. Rilly… it’s not going to happen. So I imagine you don’t end up picking off the A list of judicial talent at that point, though I’m sure you can find a reliable Sotomayer.
Recess appointments: Some Republican concern there on what sort maneuvering it would take to keep the Senate in session to thwart a recess appointment. Meh. The President has showed admirable balls and gamesmanship over a couple years now in spiting the Republican congress, but I think a recess appointment is a bridge too far. You’d be provoking a cataclysmic clash the effects of which are too unpredictable. So the President will chill here to a certain extent. He’s got to.
Give me a break http://www.startribune.com/nominee-or-not-klobuchar-in-the-mix-as-talk-swirls-around-supreme-court-seat/368791531/ Klobuchar is a lightweight, and this is puffery.
I don’t know where to start on the hypocrisy. The Ornstein critique is out there, and makes a somewhat persuasive case that conservatives are responsible for “gridlock”. The Democrats started this thing with the judges, and its not surprise we end up here.
What would be ironic now is we get a Bush v Gore style tie in November, and it has to go to the 4×4 supreme court.