?When Justice Antonin Scalia died earlier this year, SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States) was stuck with the likelihood of tie votes on important issues. President Obama moved to nominate a replacement.
But, the republican led Senate decided that they would bork the process. This demonstrates the politics of choosing a judge who will affect our rights. This is an unfortunate part of the process. Instead of choosing a person who has a record of thoughtful understanding of the United States Constitution, republicans and democrats alike try to use fake agendas to mess up the process. Federal judgeships go empty because of pettiness.
Senator Ron Johnson (R-WIS) is at the forefront of this movement. Johnson seems to enjoy being a Senator that does very little under the guise of republicanism. Before the SCOTUS opening, Senator Johnson had already been practicing judicial obstruction. The Seventh Court of Appeals has been waiting over six years for a replacement judge. Who has been the culprit in this delay? Senator Ron Johnson.
That opening occurred on 7 January, 2010. President Obama had nominated a replacement. When Johnson took office in January, 2011, he started stonewalling immediately. He claimed he hadn’t been consulted about President Obama’s nomination. Johnson was not a senator when the nomination took place. He was miffed over a nomination that took place before he was elected.
He refused to meet with President Obama nominee. When the nominee withdrew in frustration, he decided to replace the Wisconsin nomination procedure with a new one that caused a year delay. Johnson then came up with devices to delay even longer.
There is another nomination for the long vacant opening, along with a nomination for a more recent opening in the seventh circuit. We will see whether the senator is capable of putting the welfare of those he represents before his party and his obstinate ignorance. I predict he is not.
When Justice Antonin Scalia suddenly died, republicans placed party before country and started delaying possible confirmation hearings. Merrick Garland was placed into nomination. Some republican senators did step forth and met with the candidate. Others were recalcitrant, including Senator Johnson.
Johnson stated that if the nominee were a republican, he would support the nomination. Johnson’s political party is more important than having competent judges in SCOTUS and elsewhere. I don’t believe that Johnson gives a fig about the impact on the country from the results of his stubbornness and arrogance.
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