I’m a radical leftist. I went from an Elizabeth Warren 2016 bumper sticker to a Feel the Bern 2016 model and I’m voting for Jill Stein. Not because we are spirit animals but because I want federal funding for the Green Party. And being one who is #neverHillary – the candidate who repeatedly scoffed at the notion of courting the left and instead cozied up with war criminals and Wall Street – I’m experiencing a bit of schadenfraude.
Senator John McCain – feeling a bit of re-election pressure – hinted that Republicans would block any and all of Hillary Clinton’s Supreme Court justice nominees. And really, President Obama basically gave them permission when he nominated a conservative justice in Merrick Garland – a guy who was unanimously confirmed to the federal bench – and Senate Republicans refused to even meet with him, let alone hold confirmation hearings. Obama utterly failed to communicate to the public the unprecedented Republican obstructionism.
When Senator Chuck Grassley was asked about McCain’s outrageous comments, he doubled down on the threat.
I don’t know if Obama was afraid to be seen as an angry black man or if he is simply a classic, spineless Democrat (I’d like to see the internal emails). Either way, he allowed Republicans to take an inch with Garland (and their blocking & delaying of hundreds of federal & district court nominees), so now they’re threatening to strangle one of our three branches of government to death. Republicans, after all, don’t believe in government, so it fits their messaging when they break it.
That’s just the SCOTUS and the Senate, where Republicans will likely not even enjoy a majority.
Assuming Republicans retain control of the House, Hillary will be investigated by numerous GOP-led committees from the day she is sworn into office. House Speaker Paul Ryan and likely-House Oversight Committee Chair Jason Chaffetz have already assured it will happen.
Under the cloud of investigation, why hold confirmation hearings on her Supreme Court nominee? Why can’t they drag out investigations (and impeachment hearings) for three years then go back to saying the election should determine who gets to fill the court? Why would they pass any legislation that she proposes? That will likely be their message. And since corporate media has traded objectivity for neutrality…
It’s insanity. It’s incorrigible. It’s un-American. But Republicans are in the minority. They are a withering, essentially regional, political party. They are lashing out in fear. Fear of a browning populace embodied in a black president with a Muslim name. Fear of losing culture wars over queer acceptance. Fear of feminazis and alimonies culminating in a woman in the Oval Office. A woman who – having been convinced over the course of 30 years is the devil – united them in hatred.
Oh, but they were going to call Bernie a Socialist… Neoliberals are pathetic.
Thanks, great article.