In a completely expected act of political cowardice, a Republican Senator has already caved on the GOP promise to not even hold hearings for Obama’s Supreme Court nominee.
Sen. Mark Kirk became the first Republican senator to break with party leaders and call for a vote on President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court selection, saying Friday, “It’s just man up and cast a vote.”
The statement by Kirk, who faces a difficult re-election battle this fall in Democratic-leaning Illinois, came two days after Obama nominated Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy created by the February death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Garland, a Chicago native, is chief judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Kirk’s stance directly contradicts the path charted by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., that most GOP senators have followed. McConnell has said for weeks that there will be no Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for any Obama nominee for the vacancy and no confirmation vote by the Senate.
“Right, it’s just man up and vote,” Kirk said on the “‘Big’ John Howell” show on Chicago radio station WLS. “The tough thing about these senatorial jobs is you get yes or no votes. Your whole job is to either say yes or no and explain why.”
“Just man up” and cave to Obama. Hey Mark, why don’t you MAN UP and protect the Constitution like you PLEDGED to when you took the damn office?!?!?
I understand that we all expect politicians to always act like selfish self-interested spineless cowards, but in this case, it really is placing the nation at peril. If we lose just one seat in the Supreme Court, then it’s absolutely game over for the Constitution, and for this country. Already the Democrats are able to push about half of their left-wing agenda through the courts, and with one less seat on our side, they’ll be able to push everything else.
I know these idiots are only looking at the next election, but perhaps they should set their sights on what their legacy will be into perpetuity. Is one more damn turn in the office worth denigrating and destroying the Constitution?
I guess for Mark Kirk it is.