Republican not expressing the will of constituents but the will of their party

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    Feb 19, 2016 10:39 PM GMT
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    http://www.concordmonitor.com/home/21087258-95/editorial-in-high-court-fight-ayotte-is-just-wrong
    Just two hours after Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death was announced, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued a call to block any attempt by President Obama to choose Scalia’s replacement. In knee-jerk fashion, New Hampshire Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte became one of the first senators to echo McConnell.

    Leaving Scalia’s seat empty for at least a year effectively nullifies the power of one of the three co-equal branches of government. Since Obama became president, the high court has issued 53 5-4 decisions, most with swing justice Anthony Kennedy siding with the court’s four conservative justices. Many of those decisions are among the most important made by the court....

    ...When the high court issues a tie vote, the decision of the federal appeals court involved remains in force. The issue remains undecided. Ayotte and her fellow Republicans are willing to sacrifice judicial progress and the resolution of problems affecting millions of people, preferring partisanship instead.

    ...Ayotte’s hastily issued statement, echoing what is now her party’s line, says no decision should be made until the people speak by voting in November. But the people had their say when they re-elected Obama and when, in this case, they voted for Ayotte. She is not expressing the will of her constituents but the will of her party....

    ...the Republican obstruction is almost certain to backfire....

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    Feb 20, 2016 1:44 AM GMT


    "Republican not expressing the will of constituents but the will of their party"


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