Republican Senators, adding insult to the injury they are doing to our nation by refusing to even consider President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court vacancy, admitted that it was all about President Obama – they’d confirm a nominee from a “Republican” immediately, and their unconstitutional obstructionism was motivated entirely by partisan politics.
Senator Ron Johnson let the cat out of the bag in a interview on Wisconsin radio show “Morning Mess” when the host asked him if the confirmation process would be different if Mitt Romney was in the White House instead of President Obama.
“It’s a different situation. Generally, and this is the way it works out politically, if you’re replacing — if a conservative president’s replacing a conservative justice, there’s a little more accommodation to it.”
“But when you’re talking about a conservative justice now being replaced by a liberal president who would literally flip the court — you know, let’s face it, I don’t think anybody’s under any illusion — President Obama’s nominee would flip the court from a 5-4 conservative to a 5-4 liberal controlled court,” the senator continued. “And that’s the concern, is that our Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms, our First Amendment rights to free speech and religious liberty, will be threatened. And so it’s an incredibly serious moment in terms of what’s the composition of the court going to be.”
So basically, according to Mr.
Johnson, he can only fulfill his Constitutional duty if it advances his agenda; an attitude of obstructionism that has become party orthodoxy but flies in the face of democracy and the basic principles of governance, which requires negotiation and compromise in order to function.
In case anyone had any doubts, Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) recently threatened the careers of anyone who would dare to accept the President’s nomination to the Supreme Court, ominously hinting that “I think they will bear some resemblance to a piñata… “there is no guarantee, certainly, after that time they’re going to look as good as they did going in.”
The serious issue of choosing a justice to fill a vacancy on the highest court of our land has devolved into playground threats and petty partisanship. Since our Republican legislators are refusing to behave like adults, it’s time we went out and voted in some folks who will actually do their jobs.
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.