May 28, 2016 by Chris Kite
The Republicans continue to stubbornly block anything President Obama tries to do. They try to hide the fact that they are simply being disagreeable. They try to say the right things. But then the truth comes out.
Nothing more clearly exhibits this than their stubborn unprecedented failure to take any action on President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland.
First, Senator Hatch said they would not consider any nominee because the President would never nominate a moderate like Garland, who he referred to as a fine man. Then, after the President did nominate the person to whom Hatch referred, he changed it to the old tried and true, “it’s for his own good” line.
And as if all that isn’t enough, an article suddenly popped up talking about Hatch’s meeting with Garland. Even though the meeting didn’t take place yet! How could you possibly already be talking and crafting your spin of the meeting when it hasn’t taken place yet?
I guess it is pretty easy to figure out what will be discussed in the meeting. I would imagine Hatch will just say something to the effect of, “Look, it isn’t about you. You’re a fine person and a fine judge. But we just can’t let our racist hate filled base catch us cooperating with a black President. That just wouldn’t sell in the land of racism, guns, and bibles.”
Senator Orrin Hatch is truly pathetic in his attempts to frame their obstruction in some kind of logic. The Republican party is pathetic in its unwillingness to do the job they are paid to do. If they don’t want to approve him, that is their right by the U.S. Constitution. But to simply refuse to take any action is wrong. It is ugly raw politics at its worst.