So, John McCain, the one-time "maverick," went on Pennsylvania radio on Monday to say, "“I promise you that we will be united against any Supreme Court nominee that Hillary Clinton, if she were president, would put up. I promise you.”
Well, that's just adorable.
Never mind how grossly shameful, undemocratic, close-minded and pathetic it is. What it also does is give lie to the GOP cry when Merrick Garland was nominated for the Supreme Court by President Obama that they would not even meet with him...because they wanted to let the Peoples' Voice be heard and let the next president decide. Well...you can dump that out the window.
The point of his comments that spit in the face of the U.S. Constitution were to support Republican Pat Toomey for the Senate race in the state. “This is the strongest argument I can make” for Pat Toomey’s re-election, McCain said, and added that his reason was “so we can make sure there is not three places on the United States Supreme Court that will change this country for decades.”
As you might imagine, Sen. McCain's comments got a lot of criticism. So much so, in fact, that he later had to have his press representative change his position. (I was going to say, "walk it back," but it happened so fast that it was more like a sprint.) What the spokeswoman said is that what John McCain now wants people to know is that he would “vote for or against that individual based on their qualification.”
Mind you, if that was always the case, it hardly is something that needs to have ever been brought up in the first place as a campaign point -- since it's what everyone is supposed to do.
Furthermore, it's pretty meaningless point because McCain is on record as saying he's going to vote against anyone who Hillary Clinton nominates. Now, he's followed that up with an empty "update" that allows him to vote against these same nominees, but hide behind, "Well, I said I'd vote on their qualifications, and I think they're all unqualified."
Once upon a time, when John McCain ran for president, he had a slogan, "Putting America First." And then he nominated Sarah Palin to be a heartbeat from the presidency, putting America last. And now he says, without even knowing who's nominated, he's simply going to vote "no" on them -- though he'll check their qualifications first before doing so.
John McCain: Still Putting America Last.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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