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1702, 22 Jan 17

Schumer Obstructs

Remember when obstructionism was considered bad?

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Sunday he will absolutely block President Trump‘s pick for the vacant Supreme Court seat if the nominee is not “mainstream” enough.

“If the nominee is not bipartisan and mainstream, we absolutely will keep the seat open,” Schumer told CNN’s Jake Tapper.

The New York Democrat, who was booed during a speech at Trump’s inauguration, had previously criticized his Republican colleagues for blocking former President Obama‘s nominee, Merrick Garland, last year.

Trump has said he plans to announce his pick to succeed the late Justice Antonin Scalia in the next two weeks. He released a short list of potential nominees last summer, one of whom he met with shortly before entering office.

This is one of the areas where Trump does have a mandate. He was very clear about his potential Supreme Court picks during the campaign and it was heavily reported. He even published a list. As long as his nominee comes off of that list, he or she should be confirmed.

Of course, none of that matters to Schumer.


1702, 22 January 2017


  1. Le Roi du Nord

    I guess no one should be surprised as this was the tactic the r’s used successfully.  Imitation is the greatest form of flattery, no?  Or,  “what is good for the goose is good for the gander”.

    I heard it from a credible source that McConnell gave tips to Schumer.

    And when you lose the popular vote by ~3 million you really don’t have much of a mandate anywhere.

  2. Jason

    So much for “They go low, we go high”. I knew that was bullshit. So we’re back to nah nah boo boo they did it first.

  3. Kevin Scheunemann

    This is true.

    Obstructionism will now be considered holy, honorable, and wonderful by liberals and their bias media ilk.


  4. Le Roi du Nord

    “Obstructionism will now be considered holy, honorable, and wonderful by liberals and their bias media ilk”.   This is another example of the hilarious hypocrisy of both sides.  It was OK if McConnell did it, but isn’t if Schumer does it.  I don’t agree with either of them, but for anyone on the right to call this obstruction is text book hypocrisy.  Ditto for Schumer when he does it.

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