One of the most obvious examples of the tension between Democrats and Republicans can be witnessed by listening to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell talk about President Obama.
Back in 2010, two years into President Obama’s first term, McConnell stated the following:
‘The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.’
Evidently, McConnell’s so-called goal didn’t work out, as President Obama is finishing out his second term in office with one of the highest favorability ratings of any past American president. The latest poll from Gallup shows the two-term president has a 53 percent approval rating. According to the RealClearPolitics poll average, President Obama currently sits at a 51.1 percent overall approval rating.
McConnell’s disdain for President Obama continued into 2016. When Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died, McConnell sent the following tweet:
My statement on the passing of Judge Scalia. pic.twitter.com/4JSmbKWzDy
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) February 13, 2016
‘The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new President.’
It seems Senate Republicans will have their way, as they’re currently on track to secure the longest Supreme Court vacancy in the past 50 years.
Despite President Obama’s best intentions in nominating Merrick Garland, a qualified judge with ample experience, McConnell remains adamant in blocking Obama from filling the vacancy before his term is up. McConnell hopes, of course, that a Republican president will be elected and will be able to appoint a conservative judge to the Supreme Court.
McConnell and other Senate Republicans’ attempts to block President Obama from filling the Supreme Court vacancy have earned the Senate Majority Leader the title of most hated political figure in America, according to a poll out of the Pew Research Center.
It seems McConnell is going to keep that title after an event in Fancy Farm, Kentucky on Saturday. During the event, he told the crowd:
‘One of my proudest moments was when I told Obama “you will not fill this Supreme Court vacancy.”‘
McConnell: "one of my proudest moments" was when I told Obama "you will not fill this Supreme Court vacancy" pic.twitter.com/t8uzEnJN9i
— Greg Giroux (@greggiroux) August 6, 2016
Without a doubt McConnell feels secure in his reelection in such a red state, but other Republicans running in swing states and the like could see McConnell facing larger consequences post-election.
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