It’s happening. The first cracks are beginning to appear in the Republican resolve to keep a radical, Obama-appointed jurist off the Supreme Court bench.
Though the Republican leadership has maintained that they intend to block any and all nominees offered by the radical Obama Administration, two “moderate” (read: RINO) senators have broken-rank and have agreed to meet with Merrick Garland, Obama’s first pick for the vacancy left by Antonin Scalia.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.) announced that they intend to meet with Garland to discuss the nomination.
Collins has previously been critical of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ’s pledge to not hold a vote for any nominee offered by Obama in his dwindling days in the Oval Office.
“It just seemed to me that there was no basis for saying that no matter who the president nominates, we were not going to consider that individual,” she stated in a radio interview.
Collins’ and Boozman’s treachery follows Sen. Mark Kirk ’s (R-Ill.) meeting with Garland which occurred this week.
Democrats have maintained that it is a duty to hold a vote; however, Democrats have employed the exact same strategy in years past.
“It will become increasingly difficult for them not to meet with him,” White House counsel Neil Eggleston said Friday.
“Let’s have a hearing. … Let the American people see him and make a decision about whether they support him,” he added. “I think if they see him, they will support him, and he will be confirmed.”
Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) has declared that though the two senators intend to meet with Garland, they do not intend to hold a vote.
“Both of them have said this seat will not be filled during the lame duck last year of this president’s presidency,” Cornyn said at an interview Wednesday. “This isn’t anything new.”
If that is the case, however, the natural question is: “Then why meet? What is there to talk about?”
The standard operating procedure for the majority of Republicans in the House and Senate is as predictable as it is tragic. Obama and/or Democrats will make an outrageous demand and Republican “leaders” will solemnly pledge to fight it tooth-and-nail. Within hours, the cracks begin to appear. “Moderate” Republicans will do what Democrats seldom ever do and break-ranks and criticize the “hardline” position. The Democrats will label the GOP as “obstructionists” and the media will dutifully convey this narrative.
Republican “leaders” will publicly maintain that they intend to hold strong while simultaneously looking for a way out, such as holding a vote to change rules to lower vote thresholds so that the Democrats can get their way while these Republican turncoats technically vote in accordance with their pledge.
After the GOP effort has failed, these “leaders” emerge to mournfully claim that they “gave it their all.”
And principled conservatives like Ted Cruz Ted Cruz who call them out for their betrayal are politically exiled and targeted by the GOP.