Monday, February 22, 2016

Can The G.O.P. Hold The Line Over Obama’s Supreme Court Nominee?

Can the GOP Stay United on Strategy to Fight Obama’s Supreme Court Nominee?
see : Read it and weep, Democrats.

The fight over the makeup of the U.S. Supreme Court is spilling over into a second week, with most Senate Republicans uniting around the idea that the American people should be left to decide the future fate of the high court.

Using the hashtag #NoHearingsNoVotes, conservatives spent Friday building support around the idea that the Senate should not vote or hold a hearing on President Barack Obama’s nominee, whoever that person might be.

Shortly after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia on Feb. 13, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ruled out consideration of an Obama nominee. Most Republican senators fell in line, but a handful made statements that left conservatives nervous.

Among those under close watch are Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Jeff Flake of Arizona, Mark Kirk of Illinois, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Thom Tillis of North Carolina.

It would take 14 Republican votes if all 46 Democrat senators supported the confirmation of Obama’s nominee. So far, all but 23 Republicans have ruled out voting to confirm an Obama nominee, according to The New York Times.

And then there’s Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Judiciary Committee. He’s facing pressure from Democrats, activists and even the media to schedule a hearing. After a New York Times report was published Friday, however, Grassley downplayed the news.

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