Despite all the flag waving and bible-thumping that appeals to devoted red state voters, it may not enough to keep a key number of Republican senators from becoming unemployed this year. The reason? Supreme Court nominee obstruction on steroids.
According to Politicus USA, the GOP is poised to lose control of the US Senate in 2016, because they refuse to consider President Obama’s Supreme Court nomination of Chief Judge Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
PPP polls of Iowa, Arizona, North Carolina, and Missouri revealed that four long-term Republican incumbents could lose their seats if they obstruct President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee.
The 54 seat GOP tilt could slip even further if Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) is added to the mix of potential defeats for Sen.’s John McCain (R-AZ), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Richard Burr (R-NC) Chuck Grassley (R-IA).
This could have huge implications if Donald Trump wins the White House, because no matter who he nominates to fill Supreme Court vacancies, they would still have to get through the senate. And if Democrats take control of the senate, the right wing dreams of Antonin Scalia clones filling up the high court would likely drown in a sea of deep blue.
The Plot Thickened Long Ago
More than seven-years in to the Obama presidency, it is now widely known that key Republicans in leadership positions vowed to obstruct everything the Obama administration wanted to achieve. Their utmost goal was not to govern for the good of the nation, but to make Barack Obama a one-term president.
We all know how well that worked out. But failing on their first goal hasn’t stopped the GOP from carrying on like spoiled children. For nearly 8 years, their entire legislative vocabulary has consisted of only one word; “No.”
There is the possibility that Republicans actually believed that their constituents wanted the government to come to a screeching halt because Barack Obama won two presidential elections. Then again, maybe they don’t really care what their constituents want.
Whatever the driving forces for GOP obstructionism are, it appears to be coming with a high price tag. Losing control of the senate will not only strip the Republican Party of their power over Supreme Court nominees, it will also prove that they don’t know their base voters as well as they thought. After all, the GOP base did choose Donald Trump to be their party’s presidential nominee. What do you suppose that says about the Grand Old Party establishment and their obsession with obstructionism?
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*** Maryann Tobin is the author of “Afterlife: The Journey Of A Dog’s Spirit”
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