Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s recent call for President Barack Obama to hold off appointing a new Supreme Court justice after the loss of Antonin Scalia, Saturday—because in the deepest depths of his red, white and blue heart he believes the people “should have a voice”—is such a brazenly open steaming pile of partisan fried bologna that one has to wonder if he majored in theater as a young Cardinal at University of Louisville, and voters know it. They know a bad show when they see it, and a recent Rasmussen Reports poll shows it, too.
FiveThirtyEight has referred to Rasmussen polls as “biased and inaccurate” with a conservative lean, in the past, yet here it one essentially telling McConnell his position is, shall we say… “unpopular?”
Forget right now that folks gave their voices four years ago to re-elect Obama, and try to make believe Republicans wouldn’t nominate a replacement before Scalia’s body could be laid out at the funeral home if they were in power and their president faced the end of his or her second term.
Yep, contrary to McConnell’s shallow push for partisan power, invoking “the people’s voice,” even, in doing so, the people by and large would actually like to see Obama go on ahead and fill that vacancy. Or, at least they say they’re not against his doing so, even if they would much rather one of their own was in there to make the appointment.
Of the 1,000 people polled Feb. 15 – 16, 2016, 51 percent stated they feel President Obama should move forward with a nomination. Even more telling, 53 percent of those polled feel the Republican-led Senate should not block a nomination made by Obama. Those in McConnell’s camp, playing for partisan power rather than ensuring government runs as smoothly as it can and should for the benefit of the people, only make up 35 percent.
Naturally, Democrats are in favor of a nomination while Republicans oppose it, for the most part. There are no surprises, there. A whopping 69 percent of Republicans surveyed stated they’d like to see opposition to an Obama nomination. Fifty-five percent say they’d like to see a direct block by the Senate on any such matter, as well.
Democrats, of course, are an entirely different story. Many Independents, along with 76 percent of Democrats, are all for President Obama naming his nomination.
One has to wonder what those other 24 percent of Democrats were thinking.
Meanwhile, almost no one believes the Senate will let a thing happen over the matter. Sixty-nine percent are saying, “Fat chance” and sucking their teeth at anyone seeking to debate otherwise. In their eyes, that vacancy on the Supreme Court is as good as empty the next 10 or more months, no matter what Obama decides to do. Just watch.
Time will tell what will happen over the Supreme Court vacancy, though, as already a handful of Republicans have indicated they could be convinced to vote on Scalia’s replacement.
With any luck in the next election, the U.S. may be well-primed to finally take some much needed steps forward. After all, we’ll never reach the mountaintop if we don’t keep aspiring to new heights.