In a huge show of public solidarity, Public Policy Polling is reporting that GOP Senators Pat Toomey and Rob Portman are in danger of losing their seats on the Senate due to their obnoxious determination to block President Obama’s Supreme Court nomination. The report says:
‘New Public Policy Polling surveys of Pennsylvania and Ohio find that both Pat Toomey and Rob Portman are suffering from very weak approval numbers as they seek reelection to the Senate. Furthermore voters in their states, by wide margins, want the vacancy on the Supreme Court to be filled this year. Their opposition to even considering a replacement for Antonin Scalia has the strong potential to put them in even worse standing with voters than they are already.’
So it may turn out that the staunch and ignorant Republican stance of trying to block the President’s Constitutional duty to nominate a replacement for Justice Scalia will actually end up being thrown back in their faces. How terrible would we all feel if that happened? The report continues:
‘Voters are particularly angry about Senators taking the stance that they’re not going to approve anyone before even knowing who President Obama decides to put forward. By a 76/20 spread in Pennsylvania and a 74/18 one in Ohio, voters think the Senate should wait to see who is nominated to the Court before deciding whether or not to confirm that person. Toomey and Portman are out of line even with their own party base on that one- Republicans in Pennsylvania think 67/27 and in Ohio think 63/32 that the Senate should at least give President Obama’s choice a chance before deciding whether or not to confirm them’
It’s a clear sign for the GOP that the American public do not appreciate self serving pettiness when it comes to making decisions about the running of the country, and want their elected officials to actually do their jobs to the best of their abilities and within the confines of the Constitution, rather than doing what they think is needed to further their own careers.
‘This is an issue that really does have the potential to make Portman’s and Toomey’s lives even harder this fall if they don’t change their tune. In both states the numbers are identical- 52% of voters say they’ll be less likely to vote for either Portman or Toomey this fall if they refuse to confirm a replacement for Justice Scalia no matter who it is, compared to only 25% who say taking that stance makes them more likely to vote for them. In both cases the numbers reinforce how perilous it is with independents for Portman and Toomey to take the position that they’re not confirming someone no matter what- in Ohio 59% of them say that makes them less likely to vote for Portman to just 15% more likely, and for Toomey it’s 55% of independents less likely to vote for him based on that stance to only 24% more inclined to support him.’
It’s not a smart move for Portman and Toomey to alienate voters in Ohio and Pennsylvania during a Presidential Election, especially when the Republicans are in such disarray that Donald Trump is the leading party candidate. What a sorry state of affairs. Will the Republicans actually listen to the American people and get out of the way of Obama’s Constitutional duty, or will they continue to make arrogant and selfish decisions that benefit just one thing, themselves?