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Thu Mar 24, 2016, 03:05 PM

NYT: On the Supreme Court, the Senate Defers to the NRA

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That is what the majority leader, Mitch McConnell, said the other day when asked about the possibility of considering and confirming President Obama’s nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, after the November elections. “I can’t imagine that a Republican majority in the United States Senate would want to confirm, in a lame-duck session, a nominee opposed by the National Rifle Association,” he told “Fox News Sunday.”

Put aside the absurd rationales Senate Republicans have trotted out for not holding a hearing on the Garland nomination, and consider how extreme this latest position is. As long as Republicans control the Senate, Mr. McConnell says, they will delegate their judgment to the N.R.A.’s paranoid far-right lobbyists, whom nobody elected, and who staunchly oppose measures, like universal background checks, supported by 90 percent of Americans — and three-quarters of N.R.A. members.

Mr. McConnell says he wants the next president to fill the vacancy. But if a Democrat wins the election, the N.R.A. will surely oppose any person he or she nominates. What will Mr. McConnell and his caucus do then?

In other words, forget the voters. Forget that Judge Garland has been supported and praised by top Republicans and Democrats for years. The N.R.A. doesn’t like him — for no fact-based reason — and that’s all that matters.

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Thu Mar 24, 2016, 03:12 PM

1. That is just plain sick

Where does the NRA come off thinking it has the right to dictate government policy?

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Response to TheCowsCameHome (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 24, 2016, 03:13 PM

2. The GOP has given them the right. n/t

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Thu Mar 24, 2016, 03:18 PM

3. it is time for the NRA to take their guns and fight Isis in the Middle East

so they can show how they are willing to fight for America

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Thu Mar 24, 2016, 03:34 PM

4. It's difficult to believe that the Senate's deference to the NRA on the

selection of a SC judge is real and not a joke. How can politicians with views that crazy get
elected?

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Thu Mar 24, 2016, 03:43 PM

5. Republicans = The best government money can buy!

 

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