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Senate GOP divided over whether they'd fill Supreme Court vacancy

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Senate Republicans are conflicted about what to do if a Supreme Court seat becomes vacant during the remainder of President Trump's first term, a possibility that has come more into focus in recent weeks in light of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's health problems.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has made clear that he intends to fill a Supreme Court vacancy in 2020, despite holding the seat vacated by the death of the late conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia open during the 2016 presidential election.

"Oh, we'd fill it," McConnell said with a smile when asked last year whether he would act to confirm a Trump nominee to the Supreme Court should a seat become vacant.

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Senate GOP divided over whether they'd fill Supreme Court vacancy

 

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16 hours ago, chare said:

 

Of course they would fill it...current Senate Republicans, as a group, have exactly zero ethics, honesty or patriotism. We would expect them to do exactly the opposite of what they demanded in 2008.

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48 minutes ago, toomuchbaloney said:

...We would expect them to do exactly the opposite of what they demanded in 2008.

Which demand you're referring to?

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1 hour ago, chare said:

Which demand you're referring to?

Wrong date, my apologies.  Surely you haven't forgotten the demand to hold all judicial nominations the last year of a presidency. 

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2 hours ago, toomuchbaloney said:

Wrong date, my apologies.  Surely you haven't forgotten the demand to hold all judicial nominations the last year of a presidency. 

Thank you for clarifying.  No, I haven't forgotten, although it was more than a threat in the case of Mr. Obama's nomination of Mr. Merrick.

I have a problem when one side implements some "rule" to side step accepted senate rules, such as Mr. McConnell's implementation of the so-called Biden or Thurmond "rule" to limit or block judicial nominations.  I disagree with Mr. McConnell's assertion that this situation is different considering that the senate majority and President are both Republican and would have a bigger problem if he allowed a nomination to be considered now, if one were to occur.  

Should a vacancy occur on the Supreme Court, I hope that four Republican senators will do what is right and block the nomination.

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19 hours ago, chare said:

Thank you for clarifying.  No, I haven't forgotten, although it was more than a threat in the case of Mr. Obama's nomination of Mr. Merrick.

I have a problem when one side implements some "rule" to side step accepted senate rules, such as Mr. McConnell's implementation of the so-called Biden or Thurmond "rule" to limit or block judicial nominations.  I disagree with Mr. McConnell's assertion that this situation is different considering that the senate majority and President are both Republican and would have a bigger problem if he allowed a nomination to be considered now, if one were to occur.  

Should a vacancy occur on the Supreme Court, I hope that four Republican senators will do what is right and block the nomination.

At this point, we can only hope Chare

Who, besides Mitt Romney, do you think would cross that line?

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31 minutes ago, Lil Nel said:

At this point, we can only hope Chare

Who, besides Mitt Romney, do you think would cross that line?

I’m not sure.  Ms. Murkowski and Mr. Grassley, according the article seem to be against it.  When you consider that Mr. McConnell has signaled that Republican senators in difficult races can distance themselves from Mr. Trump, I think it possibile that there are others that would not support this.

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Sen. Mitch McConnell is allowing Republican Senate candidates to do whatever it takes to salvage their campaigns ahead of what Republicans increasingly fear could be a devastating election for their party.

In recent weeks, the Senate majority leader has become so concerned over Republicans losing control of the Senate that he has signaled to vulnerable GOP senators in tough races that they could distance themselves from the President if they feel it is necessary, according to multiple senior Republicans including a source close to McConnell.

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McConnell signal to Republican Senate candidates: Distance from Trump if necessary

 

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34 minutes ago, chare said:

I’m not sure.  Ms. Murkowski and Mr. Grassley, according the article seem to be against it.  When you consider that Mr. McConnell has signaled that Republican senators in difficult races can distance themselves from Mr. Trump, I think it possibile that there are others that would not support this.

 

Yes. I have read that. But I just don't know.

Baloney lives in Senator Murkowski land. 

What do you think, baloney?

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Murkowski isn't running in November...Sullivan is.  Murkowski showed us in January that she will stand with the party against what is correct or constitutional. I'm registered to participate in their virtual townhall this afternoon...I'm a liberal so it's unlikely I will be allowed a question. Sullivan is simply a partisan hack building a career.

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