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As Tillis flip-flops, nearly 200 editorials across the nation criticize Supreme Court blockade

Veteran attorney Glenn Sugameli of the group Defenders of Wildlife has been keeping track of the newspaper editorials across the country that have spoken against the blockade of any Obama Supreme Court nominee. His findings are remarkable. As of yesterday, 191 editorials had weighed in against the absurd roadblock (i.e. the one that North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis officially joined yesterday after previously saying he would do no such thing).
Click here to see Sugamelli’s comprehensive, state-by-state list and here to read the latest editorial on the subject from Raleigh’s News & Observer. As the N&O rightfully point out:

“For all their avowed reverence for the Constitution’s language, the Republican senators are making a deliberately distorted reading of its directive. Not only does their stance reject a clause of the Constitution, their justification casts doubt on the system the Constitution constructs and protects. They are questioning the democratic legitimacy of the president and doubting the ability of the democratic system to withstand the pressures of both a presidential election and hearings on a Supreme Court nominee. With that, they dismiss the authority and the resiliency of American democracy.

By failing to cooperate with the constitutional mandate, Republican senators are elevating destructive obstruction over constructive process and claiming full responsibility for the gridlock that has hindered the nation’s progress throughout most of Obama’s tenure. They are also impairing the function of the Supreme Court, leaving it unable to resolve 4-4 votes. And finally, and most dangerously, they are openly politicizing the high court and destroying public confidence in its independent and objective interpretation of the law.”

Finally, as for the contention of those, like N&O contributor J. Peder Zane, that the election will take care of the matter, it’s worth noting that there is far from any guarantee that this is so. If Republicans retain control of the Senate, what’s to stop them from blocking a Clinton or Sanders nominee for two or four more years? Won’t they be able to argue that “the voters have spoken” by putting them back in charge of the confirmation process?

The bottom line: Try as they might to spin their outrageous dereliction of duty as a defense of democracy, the plain truth is that it is precisely the opposite.

9 Comments


  1. Notadem

    February 24, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    I think Toll Road Thom finally got enough letters to see the light. The people of the USA support this policy that the democrat party instituted. Problably the best policy they put in place that I can think of by the way. The fact that “editorials” in the dying newspapers that fewer and fewer people trust support letting a progressive nominee go through just reinforces that the Senate needs to sit this out.

  2. Alan

    February 24, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Oh, but NATADEM, you’re the custodians of the Constitution, right? You simply adore it in all its glory and always abide by it’s every word, right?

    Perhaps if you ever read anyting outside of WND and Breitbart, you would understand the vast majority of the country DON’T agree with you, or Tillis.

    Why is it that EVERYONE else is so wrong?

  3. Notadem

    February 25, 2016 at 9:46 am

    What do you mean EVERYONE? I never postulated that everyone is wrong…although I do agree some are wrong, such as anyone who disagrees with the democrap$ on this issue.

    You seem pretty unhinged Al. Are you unable to have a rational discussion vs. trolling?

  4. Alan

    February 25, 2016 at 9:53 am

    Doogie/LSD/NOTADEM, I think I may have said this before, I truly feel sorry for you. Oh, the irony…”are you unable to have a rational discussion vs. trolling”. LOL.

  5. Notadem

    February 25, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    I am not sure why you are calling me names, but that is neither here nor there. Do not feel sorrow just because I am not a dem, do you point this screed at all, or just people who may not agree with you?

  6. LayintheSmakDown

    February 25, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    Dude,
    He is actually giving you one of the best comments out there. Enjoy it.

    …..
    Seriously, don’t bother commenting. You will get trolled to no end, and if you are lucky they will not find out who you are if you know what I mean. Consider yourself warned. Here is the advice I give you and what I have had to do for the past 5-6 months….just laugh at the wackiness and then go back to the real world where “progressives” are irrelevant and sanity and reason sometimes works.

  7. Notadem

    February 26, 2016 at 8:13 am

    Yeah Smak, you probably have the right idea. This thing stinks of the usual #shutuppery you get from liberals, but on steroids. I actually wrote the author of the article to express my fears, especially when you consider I’ve agreed with them about 50%. If anything it is just rude, and you can tell they have no rational arguments…at least from the commenters.

  8. Alan

    February 26, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Isn’t it cute when the sock-puppet converses with himself?

  9. LayintheSmakDown

    February 26, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    Yeah dem,
    You might want to try the plot hound or haymaker if you have not found them already. At least there you don’t have to deal with projection like you get from Alan the pulse intern. Just because the voices in his head argue, he thinks EVERYone is one and the same. Plus, there is a lot less trolling elsewhere.

    Just consider yourself warned if you decide to continue. Like King Arthur said in the Holy Grail “run away!”

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