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Is It Possible that Senate Republicans Are Going to Cave on Obama’s Supreme Court Nomination?

I saw that at least one of the writers at Redstate.com believes that Senate Republicans are going to cave and vote on Obama’s nominee before he leaves office. “As is so often the case, the Senate GOP caucus is about to betray the people who elected them and the nation.”

His opinion is based on a Washington Times report, “GOP showing signs of backing down from vow to block Obama SCOTUS pick.”

The story centers on Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, and the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Though, at first, Grassley seemed to indicate he didn’t believe that they should accept a nominee from Barack Obama, now he appears to be softening.

“I would wait until the nominee is made before I would make any decision,” Mr. Grassley said Tuesday in a conference call with Iowa radio reporters. “In other words, take it a step at a time.”

Asked whether he thought the controversy over filling the court vacancy might endanger his re-election chances this fall, Mr. Grassley said, “I think I have a responsibility to perform, and I can’t worry about the election. I’ve got to do my job as a senator, whatever it is. And there will be a lot of tough votes between now and the next election.”

I was impressed when Mitch McConnell said the opposite, demanding that the Senate not considers a Supreme Court nomination until it was made by the next president. But now I wonder if he can be trusted to stand by his declaration.

Liberals like to use the fact that Grassley was fine with George Bush appointing a Supreme Court nominee in his last year in office. Here’s the video evidence:

Yes, Grassley believed that they should vote on Bush’s nominee because he had the votes to confirm him. Now, the Republicans have the votes to reject anyone that Obama nominates.

That is all that matters.

There’s nothing in the Constitution requiring the Senate to confirm a nominee. There is nothing in the constitution to prevent them from delaying the process until a new President is in office.

So, if Grassley brings the issue to a vote, it is because he wants to do so.

However, I don’t know that Senate Republicans are going to cave on the issue. Voting on a nominee is not the same as approving a nominee. We’ll have to wait and see.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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