The afternoon the world found out about the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia I wrote a story talking about what was going to happen on the court without a full bench. I also made a bold prediction that the rumblings we were just beginning to hear at the time about blocking the nomination would be a good thing for Democrats. The Senate Majority Leader was only starting to sound off on there being no nomination. As the night wore on and the Republican presidential candidates took another debate stage we all learned that this wasn’t just political posturing. They were going all in on literally obstructing a Justice.
When I talked to people about it I was up front: Republican obstruction is the best possible thing that could happen to us. They want to stop this nomination? Good. Do it. When you do, however, don’t be surprised if the Democrats running against one third of the Senate (primarily Republicans) start talking about why you’re part of the problem in Washington.
If there’s one thing you learn getting the heck out of Washington every few months, it’s that everyone hates Washington right now. Congress is the enemy. The “Do Nothing” congress that Democrats swept out of office in 2006 is back and the American voter isn’t happy about it. The people we pay to represent us aren’t doing their job and America is furious. Blocking the nomination of a Justice on the Supreme Court is another way that Republicans are preventing government from doing the work of the people. The McConnell led Senate is literally preventing another branch of government from being capable of functioning.
Well, the polls are out and it turns out I was spot on with what I thought would happen. According to a Bloomberg Politics poll of Republican primary voters in the Super Tuesdays states (Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia) they aren’t happy with the blockade. Look at these states. What you notice is that a heck of a lot of them are in the south. We’re talking about Republican primary voters in the south. Here’s what they think about what Mitch McConnell is doing (emphasis mine)
Only a slim majority of the likely Republican primary voters are supportive of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s position in opposition to holding confirmation hearings prior to November’s election for a President Barack Obama appointee to fill the spot of deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
Taking no action on a nominee and allowing the next president to name a replacement is supported by 51 percent, compared to 40 percent who say hearings and a vote should be held.
If Republicans are barely winning over their own base, they’re going to lose this fight. Not only are they going to lose the Supreme Court fight, they’re probably going to make a lot of people mad enough to punish them at the ballot box too.
So, for all of you fine folks out there who are tweeting and sharing stuff on Facebook and calling your Senators (1-855-712-7845), don’t stop. We’re going to win this battle and we might win back the Senate while we’re doing it. Don’t give up. Stand with President Obama one last time and let’s win this one and then some.
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