Vulnerable GOP Incumbents Try to Spin Supreme Court Obstruction, Recognize It’s Bad Politics But Too Tied to Party to Do Their Jobs
Vulnerable Republican senators are trying to have it both ways on their obstruction of the Supreme Court nominee: maintaining that they will not support him while signaling they’d be open to a meeting. As Manu Raju and Wolf Blitzer discussed last evening on CNN: “it’s one thing to have a meeting… it’s another thing to have a formal hearing before the Judiciary Committee.”
The same senators who’ve been the subject of bruising coverage nationally and back home and who’ve suffered in the polls are attempting to use a sit-down as a shield from more warranted criticism. It won’t work.
Raju: That’s the one issue that there is some division within the Republican conference, whether or not to actually have a meeting. Some Republican senators who are up for re-election are open to having a meeting. We talked to Rob Portman earlier today and he said, no, that he would be willing to chat with him.
Blitzer: So it’s one thing to have a meeting, an informal meeting, have some coffee, talk. It’s another thing to have a formal hearing before the Judiciary Committee. Certainly it’s another thing altogether to have a roll call vote either in the Committee or on the Floor. So far the only cracks you see is whether somebody — they’re going to even have a conversation.
Manu: Yea, that’s exactly right. Really the only two Republican senators who are open to having hearings is Mark Kirk of Illinois and Susan Collins of Maine, both moderate senators. But other senators who are up for re-election, including Kelly Ayotte, I said, “what do you think about a confirmation hearing?” She said “that’s up to the Judiciary Committee and I do not want the confirmation process to move forward.“