Skip to comments.Senator Murkowski Backtracks on RBG Vacancy, Killing Democratic Hopes Of Blocking Trump's SCOTUS Nominee
Posted on 09/23/2020 7:52:03 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Total victory is upon us, folks. And some Republicans have managed to get on a path towards redemption with conservatives. Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) said he wouldnt block the nominee. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) is a no, but as weve said beforeMaine is an oddball state. She gets a pass. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), a runner up in the biggest pain in the a** contest among the GOP, did initially say that shes opposed to filling the Supreme Court vacancy left by Ruth Bade Ginsburg, but is now changing her tune. The last justice passed away last Friday making the 2020 election even more interesting. And now, Murkowski is changing her tune (via Alaska Public Media):
If Democrats were counting on Lisa Murkowski to vote against President Trumps next nominee to the Supreme Court, they should think again.
Sen. Murkowski said Tuesday she could not rule out that she would vote to confirm a Trump nominee if the Judiciary Committee approves one before the November election.
I know everybody wants to ask the question, will you confirm the nominee? she said outside the Capitol, as her Republican colleagues were gathering for their weekly policy lunch. We dont have a nominee yet. You and I dont know who that is. And so I cant confirm whether or not I can confirm a nominee when I dont know who the nominee is.
Sen. Mitt Romney took a similar position Tuesday, so it looks nearly impossible for Democrats to block Trump from seating his third Supreme Court justice.
The other possible wild cards, Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Pat Toomey (R-PA), and Cory Gardner (R-CO), all said theyre backing the move to fill the seat.
Thats the ballgame.
And on the Democratic side, there could be a curveball hurled by Sen Joe Manchin (D-WV). Manchin voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, which was one of the most vicious Supreme Court fights in recent memory. This battle will make the Kavanaugh hearings look like Sesame Street. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said that liberals must make Mitch McConnell know hes playing with fire with RBGs seat. Mitch isnt afraid of AOC. AOC is not in the Senate; stay in your lane, lady. You dont get a say. As for Chuck Schumer, well, hes threatening to use all the things to block this nomination, saying all options are on the table regarding retaliation. Many have come to see this as a court-packing threat. AOC even hurled impeachment threats against Trump and Attorney General William Barr in an effort to gum up the works. Nancy Pelosi has also said similar things (via Fox News):
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday would not rule out impeachment as an option to stop President Trumps U.S. Supreme Court pick from being confirmed to the bench, saying Democrats will use every arrow in our quiver to block the eventual nominee.
Again, these clowns can rant. They can whine. They can say the vilest, nastiest things against us. But when theyre done. Were going to fill this vacancy. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said they have the votes to get this out of committee. Mitch McConnell said there will be a floor vote. Romney is onboard. Murkowski is now a maybe. There are no loose ends. We have the votes and were going to get this done and there is nothing they can do to stop Trump from filling this seat. The Washington Post aptly noted that Democrats are pretty much powerless to stop this train:
Senate Democrats and their liberal allies confronted the grim reality Monday that they have no path to blocking President Trumps pending Supreme Court nomination other than a political pressure campaign that peels away a minimum of four GOP votes.
Deep into their sixth year in the minority, Democrats can use some procedural tactics that might briefly slow the confirmation process, but if at least 50 Republicans approve of Trumps pick to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, that nominee is certain to be seated.
Were in a situation where Mitch McConnell is the only person in this building that can decide when and whether and how to move the nomination forward. My hope is that there will be enough Republicans to stop it, but I dont think the likelihood of that is high, Sen. Michael F. Bennet (D-Colo.) said.
Elections have consequences. We won. You lost, so prepared to be owned again.
Also, this will certainly help Senate Republicans running for re-election. Nothing unites the base more than a SCOTUS fight.
Oh, and please, Democrats, impeach Trump for doing his duty in appointing judges to fill a vacancy. I cant wait to see how that quickly blows up in your face.
Do it! Please!
I double-dog dare you.
Yeah, dems.. attack Barrett’s faith, then try and impeach Trump.
Can you say “political suicide?”
Collins may still join the bandwagon depending on how this polls for her.
Do or Die, GOP.
(I think they finally got the message)
No matter how these three traitorous Senators vote, their constituents should vote them out of office. They are not voting for what is best for our country, instead these are self preservation votes.
Manchin only votes yes if it doesn’t matter.
Even though Mitch already had the votes he needed to confirm.......Sen. Murkowski apparently changed her mind......
saying she could not rule out voting to confirm a Trump nominee before the November election.
Myrrhcauskees internal polling must have been abysmal!
See Post #9
Agreed. So sick of these jerks pulling this crap every time something important comes along.
The thing is the people who will vote against Collins, are going to vote against her regardless of how she votes on this.
If she were a “yes”, she’d motivate more Republicans to vote for her.
I hope Mitch told her she could kiss her committee seat goodbye. And after she votes (for?) I hope he still kicks her sorry arse to the curb.
Murkowski’s constituents probably burned up her phone lines giving her hell, thus the reversal. Keep the pressure on her!
Manchin's always there when you don't need him.
The confirmation should be done quickly since cases are backed up at the Supreme Court and to ensure conflicts of interest don’t have time to arise.
Having one less issue outstanding will help create a more unified country, something Biden has asked for.
As Biden has said to Trump: “Do your job..”
As far as debate in the Senate, all McConnell has to do is to turn off the cameras and phones. The questioning will be more real and short if these primadonnas can’t get before the cameras....
She apparently plans to run for re-election then in 2022.
(Self-censoring gratuitous, unseemly remark about DiFi’s response to this news...)
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