After Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court following the death of Justice Scalia, numerous left-wing news outlets have predicted a “bruising fight” and a “pitched battle” over the nominee. They’re really starting to sound desperate.
Think Progress suggests that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has given “veto power” over the nominee to the NRA and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).
And there’s this:
The Majority Leader’s statement is significant for several reasons. For one thing, it suggests that his previously stated position that “this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new President,” is a sham. Simply put, it’s unlikely that the NRA or the NFIB will change their position on a nominee just because Hillary Clinton is president and not Barack Obama.
Some sham. With the nationwide enthusiasm for the Republican front-runner, and Hillary’s mounting legal troubles, it is indeed unlikely that anyone will ever know the identity of a Hillary Clinton nominee.
Also, Obama is launching a new group, the “Constitional Responsibility Project” to try to convince Americans that the Senate must consider his nominee, and admonishing “obstructionist Republicans” to “be fair.” With the help of former aides and several Soros-funded groups, the new organization will be up and running in 3-4 years, after the IRS approves its tax-exempt non-profit status.
Oh, Ha-Ha! I’m just teasing.
While it takes conservative organizations 3-4 years or so, and several lawsuits, to get IRS tax-exempt status, the new Obama organization already has tax-exempt status, just days after the need for the “project” became apparent to the Left: Just one of the perks of being utterly corrupt, and having not the faintest notion of the concept of how to “be fair.”
Established in recent weeks as a nonprofit organization, the group will solicit donations, develop advertising, coordinate messaging, help manage operatives in the field, respond to attacks on Judge Garland and collect opposition research on Republican opponents.
It is essentially a miniature version of Obama for America . . . but with a new mission: to serve as an umbrella organization for the constellation of liberal groups that typically wage fights on behalf of Democratic court nominees.
Ms. Cutter [the president’s 2012 deputy campaign manager] and the other Obama alumni have held strategy meetings twice a week with representatives of MoveOn.org, the Center for American Progress, Americans United for Change, People for the American Way, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and others.
“No one progressive and Democratic group can compete with the Koch brothers, which is why we believed it was essential to launch a coalition-based campaign,” Ms. Brundage [a former Obama aide] said. “The Republican Senate obstruction has brought together a large and diverse coalition unlike any other nomination fight in recent memory to fight for a fair process.”
To paraphrase, “Damn those Koch brothers. They’re just like George Soros, except not on our side.”
Anyway, all of this is essentially a tempest in a cesspool. The Senate has no Constitutional obligation to consider the president’s nominees in any set period of time, and the Majority Leader need do nothing at all, save keep his word and wait for the lame uck to leave office.
And let the Democrats deal with their anger issues as best they can, poor dears.