Saturday, February 13, 2016

Scalia Dies! McConnell Guarantees Gridlock! Another in a Long Line of Crazy Stupid GOP Moves!

This is one of the craziest, circus like election cycles that most of us can remember. Predicting the outcome with so many variables of nutty and nice is impossible.

With the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia the outcomes at stake have become more obvious and in your face to even the lesser observant voters. 


With social media as a relatively new player in the election process, voters can be informed of news and opinions, including those of their friends and fellow voters, and of party elites and power players, instantaneously. 

As a result, the prognosticating and predicting of outcomes is already flying so soon after Scalia's death.

Let me, for my part, begin by expressing my condolences to those hurt by Scalia's passing. Though not mine, he was a champion. This must be conceded. 


As it goes with the fall of champions, followers often find themselves in disarray. This is obviously and understandably the case with the GOP.

With the farce of what has so far been the GOP primary it would be hard to imagine it could get much worse, so quickly. That is, until Scalia died.


The loss of this GOP champion is going to crank up the crazy energy even higher than it has been.

Not even a day has passed since the world learned of Scalia's death and already the Republicans are making unwise moves, further enhancing the demise of a sick and diseased party. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia should not be replaced until after the presidential election.

"Today our country lost an unwavering champion of a timeless document that unites each of us as Americans.
"Justice Scalia's fidelity to the Constitution was rivaled only by the love of his family: his wife Maureen his nine children, and his many grandchildren. Through the sheer force of his intellect and his legendary wit, this giant of American jurisprudence almost singlehandedly revived an approach to constitutional interpretation that prioritized the text and original meaning‎ of the Constitution.
"Elaine and I send our deepest condolences to the entire Scalia family.
"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.”


For their part, Democrats have rushed in, already calling on the Senate to vote on a nominee to replace Scalia.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said waiting until next year to confirm a new justice would be "Unprecedented."
By confirming the GOP's intent to be perform the role of constant obstructionists, McConnell has made another crazy stupid miscalculation in strategy. Given the flux and capacity for change in this cycle the outcome can't be fully measured yet. But the statement and sentiment could not be more inept. 
The DNC is undergoing a fight for its soul. Whether one follows Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders, the struggle for control of the heart of the DNC is on.

Many Sanders supporters, myself included, have questioned whether they could continue to support the DNC if Hillary Clinton is the nominee.

Many Hillary supporters are liable to think twice before showing up to vote for Sanders if he wins the primary.

The question of super-delegates, establishment interests vs grass roots candidates, revolutionary ideas are flying around in the dust of a virtual melee.

The only saving grace for the Democrats is the absolute chaos and ridiculousness of the GOP primary debacle. If the GOP pulls itself together offering up someone less distasteful and hated than Donald Trump, they might stand a chance in November.
The GOP could capitalize on the potential disarray in the DNC to find a middle ground within which they could woo middle ground voters.

Instead, McConnell, by touting the obvious, obstinate, obstructionist goals of the GOP has opened up the field for even more upset. The GOP candidates, those who might be in tight races against more centrist candidates in their respective home states have just been handed another potentially losing issue. Of course, the base will be happy. But the swingers? They are in play like never before.

If McConnell and the GOP even seemed halfway constructive they would stand a better chance of winning over swing voters who, like the rest of us, are tired of ineffective government and looking for someone to blame. They will give us themselves to blame, gift wrapped.
 
The chances of creating yet another quagmire reflecting negatively on the GOP far outweigh the benefits of postponing the inevitable. In the event they do pull themselves together and manage to put someone electable on the ticket, they will still have to answer to even more questions of GOP stonewalling and mucking up the process, making a Democratic victory even that much more likely. This will, and rightfully so, cause them to lose both a seat on the court, and in the White House, not to mention the endangering of so many seats in Congress.

This is just another example of how the GOP has gone completely off the rails and lost touch with reality.
No self respecting, left leaning or centrist voter could dream of staying home for such an important election. And nobody is going to want to hand the keys to a bunch of clowns like the GOP. 

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