Monday, February 15, 2016

Mitch McConnell, turtles, intransigent Republicans, and a Supreme Court "solution"

One of these head shots is of a turtle,the other is of Mitch  McConnell.
 I'm not sure which is which.

So Mitch McConnell, in addition to resembling a turtle, now says that he will act like one and slow-walk to death any Obama nomination to replace Justice Scalia on the Supreme Court.

And just about every Republican, including every Republican candidate for the presidency, agrees with him — the Constitution be damned.Well, I think I may have a solution, if President Obama has the chutzpah to try it.

Let the President make his nomination and wait a reasonable interval while McConnell keeps the nomination in the deep freeze. And then let the President announce that the Senate has abdicated its duty to advise and consent, but that the Constitution demands nine Supreme Court justices, a demand the Senate is contravening. Therefore, by executive order, the President is forced to declare that his nominee is now the next justice on the court.

This could either be a Bosch
painting of hell or a photograph
of a Republican Senate
 subcommittee meeting
The Republicans of course will howl. They'll scream. They'll bleat. They'll vomit up lizards and serpents like hellish characters in a Hieronymus Bosch painting. Let them. What are they going to do about Obama's appointment — complain to the Supreme Court?

What's that you say? They can get the Senate and House to impeach and remove him?

In that case, in the last days of this presidential term we'll have President Joe Biden. Which for Republicans will be the political equivalent of removing a stiletto from their left eye sockets and shoving it into their right eye sockets.

I am among the many who always feared the Chinese curse, "May you live in interesting times," and who have reason to believe we are living in such times now. But who would have believed that total political anarchy could be so entertaining? Not to mention Republican political debates.


Patricia said...

I doubt they could get their act together and impeach Obama, they can't do anything. They haven't done anything for years.

Tom said...

I hate this idea. Obama won't do it anyway. This issue is going to change the election.

I love the idea of Barack Obama using the bully pulpit to rip Republican obstruction from one end of the country to another. Let's make Republican obstruction the election issue. Somebody get Barack a superpac.

How do you make Washington work? Tired of impeachments about blow jobs? Debt ceiling hostage taking? Government shutdowns? Republicans cannot abrogate their responsibility in this case. A supreme court vacancy for two court terms? That's ridiculous. What if we have an election like we had in 2000? There is only one way to change Washington. Make them pay at the polls.

Let's have Barack Obama win another election for Hillary or Bernie on this issue.