Not long ago, in a land far far away, I predicted the Republicans would continue to block any Supreme Court nominations from Democratic White House. They obstructed President Obama and progressive legislation for eight years but for the voters out there who imagine Hillary Clinton is going to save us from all that I would say, those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.
First it was the Venerable Senator from Arizona, John McCain, who accidentally spoke the truth. Carl Rove should tell GOP leadership to get another chubby finger in the dike, cause the waters still leaking. Ted Cruz of Texas and now Richard Burr of North Carolina, CNN reported Monday, talked up the idea at a private event over the weekend.
“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, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told a group of Republican volunteers, according to CNN.
Marco Rubio, the wonderboy who can’t commit to a full term in office, but is determined to run for re-election anyway, said he wouldn’t block everyone, just those who didn’t meet his conservative criteria. [hint hint,wink wink]
“If it’s someone good who understands that their job is to apply the constitution, according to its original intent, then that will be a welcome surprise,” he said. “But barring whether it’s Republican or a Democrat, if they appoint someone who I believe doesn’t meet that standard I’ll oppose that nominee.”
When the opposition begins in earnest, as I have every reason to believe it will after the “Selection”, I’m going to have an I told you so moment. Meanwhile, all the Democratic Party loyalists can pat themselves on the back for a job well done. They’ll have another go at crippling democracy in 2020. You see, the White House will inevitably swing back to the GOP. Hillary’s a one term President [if she gets “Selected”]. Indications are that the GOP will maintain their majorities. Whose “turn” is it for the Dems? Who is the progressive Moses to lead us to the promised land? Oh. There. isn’t. one. I guess that’s why they say opportunity knocks once.
RIP Sanders 2016.