Supreme Court Nominee Shows GOP Is Still Steps Behind Obama
The White House is reportedly vetting Nevada’s Republican governor Brian Sandoval for the Supreme Court. Sandoval is probably the most liberal of the country’s 29 Republican governors. As governor he vetoed bills limiting punitive damages in civil cases and limiting the inclusion of third parties in product-liability lawsuits. Sandoval made clear to GOP legislative leaders that he wouldn’t sign bills that included popular measures to require voter ID at the polls or collective-bargaining reform for state employees which he would sign though amended for union support. In 2013, he signed a bill allowing undocumented aliens to obtain a driver’s license.
Picking A Supreme Court Nominee
The president has laid out a very fair set of circumstances for choosing a Supreme Court nominee. His choice deserves a hearing as the American people elected him twice. The people also elected the Senators who are currently in office, and we expect them both, on both sides to do their job. The president’s job is to name a nominee, the Senators job is to give that person a hearing and either appoint or not. Why not go through the process? Why do Senators get to decide that?
Well, the Senate does have the right to decide when, whether, how, and to what extent to confirm someone. The basic requirement is to do the job, to go through the process, and if the Senate decides they don’t want to give consent to that person, that’s their right. It seems most Americans think they should atleast take it up though.
Bad Republican Politics
How better to apply pressure than to appoint a Hispanic Republican, and former federal judge, who might fracture the united front of GOP senators who have come out against an Obama nomination? As usual, Obama’s playing chess while Republicans are playing Connect Four.
Sandoval is an “anti-Trojan” horse. His nomination puts maximum political pressure on Republicans for hearings and a vote. Obama knows they can’t because they have to appeal to their base, who is going bonkers for Donald Trump right now, as they want someone who “fights”. This will enable Democrats to obliterate the GOP in the November elections.
How? Republicans blocking a Hispanic Republican nominee would allow Hillary Clinton to claim that Republican opposition to Sandoval is based on race; specifically, Sandoval’s and Obama’s. Afterall, with Obama nominating a Republican, why would Republicans refuse to even give him a confirmation hearing?
When Trump gets the nomination, we’ll hear how racist he is and that his appeal is based on white Republicans anger for brown people. Months of ads featuring Trump saying “Mexicans are drug dealers and rapists” will be aired. Then the new Democrat President can choose a true Liberal Lion for the Court. President Obama and Democrats will thank Congressional Republicans, per usual, for playing their part in advance.