The Merrick Garland waiting game

I thought I had discovered an insight into the obstruction tactics that the Republic Senate had in place to thwart President Obama’s nomination to the Supreme Court. It seemed to me like their strategy would be to have their cake and eat it too. Simply put, they would wait until they found out whether a Republican won the presidential election this November. If a Republican won, they would wait for that Republican to nominate a successor to fill the Supreme Court vacancy. If, on the other hand, a Democrat won nomination; then, and only then, would they act on the centrist nominee President Obama nominated. In effect, they could either have a moderate of they lost or a foaming-at-the-mouth, rabid-dog conservative if they win.

But it turns out that insight isn’t really required any longer. The Republican party seems well past the point where they try to hide their political games from the public; now, they come right out and tell you their delay tactics.

From Reuters:

Two key U.S. Senate Republicans signaled they would be open to considering after the Nov. 8 presidential election President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland, the centrist judge who was set on Thursday to begin meeting with senators.

Flake said while Republican leaders were “fully justified” in delaying action on confirmation, if the Republicans lose the White House race the Republican-led Senate “ought to look at this nomination in a lame-duck session in November.”

“I would rather have a less liberal nominee like Merrick Garland than a nominee that Hillary Clinton, if she were president, would put forward,” Flake told Fox News Channel.

I can’t say that it comes as any great surprise. After all, the Republican party appears to be swirling down the toilet. I doubt that they feel like there is time to worry about secret politics. After all, if they don’t do something, their entire, antiquated way of life will vanish.

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Marisa

I am a writer of words, a thinker of thoughts, a changer of genders, and a queerer of life. I am an antagonist of the ordinary; and while I do tolerate it, I also look at it with contempt.

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