On Monday, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) confirmed one of Democrats’ worst fears. If Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wins the White House, but Republicans keep the Senate, the GOP “will be united against any Supreme Court nominee that Hillary Clinton, if she were president, would put up.”
If America wants to have a Supreme Court in five years, in other words, it better elect the same party to the White House and the Senate.
Not long after McCain’s comment, however, a new talking point was born. McCain’s own spokesperson said McCain did not actually mean what he said. The senator will “thoroughly examine the record of any Supreme Court nominee put before the Senate and vote for or against that individual based on their qualifications,” according to his communications director Rachael Dean. Though Dean also added that “McCain believes you can only judge people by their record and Hillary Clinton has a clear record of supporting liberal judicial nominees.”
At least three key senators have now picked up on this two-part message that 1) Republicans won’t just reject any old person Hillary nominates, but 2) we don’t like the kind of people she would actually want.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), currently the chair of the Judiciary Committee, told reporters on Tuesday that “we can’t just simply stonewall” Clinton’s nominees, but “the type of people she’s going to appoint, I would say they are judicial activists.”More ...