Was watching All in with Chris Hayes and he, as well as many other journalists, pundits, and what not, seem to think that there is no way a SCOTUS nominee is going to go through. I just don’t get it- where have these people been the last seven years? Will they never learn? We’re a few days in and the GOP wall of obstruction is already crumbling into farce:
After Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead on Saturday, many Republican senators categorically ruled out confirming any nominee by President Barack Obama.
“This vacancy should not be filled until we have a new President,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said in a statement.
Soon, a number of colleagues—including Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Rob Portman of Ohio, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, all of whom face tough reelection battles—came out in agreement.
But within 72 hours, the GOP began showing some signs of division on tactics. Some Republicans are open to at least considering an Obama nominee in the GOP-controlled Senate, even if it amounts to nothing more than a show trial. Other still want to reflexively block any hearings or votes regardless of who Obama chooses.
It’s a sign that at least some in the party fear political blowback if Republicans look like they’re being unreasonable in obstructing Obama with almost a full year left in his term.
All Obama has done, mind you, is state “I’m going to do my job and I expect them to do theirs.”
That’s it. Wait till he starts lacing up his Chucky T’s and gets in the game.
I can't believe seven years in to his Presidency people are questioning whether Obama is going to get his pick. pic.twitter.com/3xJL9HcATS
— John Cole (@Johngcole) February 14, 2016