Guess Why Elizabeth Warren Is Mighty Pissed At Republicans This Time
There’s a vacancy on the most important court in America – and the message from Senate Republicans is crystal clear.
Forget the Constitution. It doesn’t matter who President Obama nominates because the Republicans will allow no votes on that nominee. They will hold no hearings on that nominee. Their response to one of the most solemn and consequential tasks that our government performs – the confirmation of a Supreme Court Justice – will be to pretend that the nominee, and President Obama himself, simply do not exist—cannot see them, cannot hear them.
How else are they pissing in America's Cheerios, Sen. Warren?
At the same time that they are blocking all possible Supreme Court nominees, Senate Republicans are in a panic because their party seems to be on the verge of nominating one of two extremists for President. Two candidates who think nothing about attacking the legitimacy of their political opponents, and demeaning millions of Americans. Two candidates whose extremism, Republicans worry, will lead their party to defeat in November.
Hey, that's a good point. Gosh, she's smart.
If Republican senators want to stand up to extremists running for President, they can start right now by standing up to extremists in the Senate. They can start by doing what they were elected to do right here in the Senate. They can start by doing their jobs.
They could do their jobs. But they don't wanna, not gonna. Even though a new poll showed a majority of Americans want them to do their goddamned job. But since Republicans give zero fucks about what Americans want, and even fewer fucks than that about doing their job, they figure they should just keep on NOT doing their job instead.
The message couldn’t be clearer: no matter how much it damages the nation, no matter how much it undermines the courts, no matter whether it cripples the government or lays waste to our Constitution, Senate Republicans do pretty much everything they can to avoid acknowledging the legitimacy of our democratically-elected President.
For too long, Republicans in this Senate wanted to have it both ways: they want to feed the ugly lies and nullify the Obama Presidency while also claiming that they can govern responsibly.
But we know Republicans have not governed responsibly -- or at all, really. They have just sat around with their thumbs stuck up their butts, whining and crying that it's NOT FAIR Barack Obama is the president of them, and it's NOT FAIR that the American people voted for him TWICE, and it's NOT FAIR that the batpoo crazy wingnut mouth-breathing extremism that helped Republicans take over the House in 2010 and the Senate in 2014 has come back to bite them so super hard, in the form of one presidential candidate frontrunner named Donald J. Trump. Boo friggin' hoo.
Because here’s the deal – extremists might not like it, but Barack Obama won the Presidency in 2008 by nine million votes. He won re-election in 2012 by five million votes. There were no recounts and no hanging chads, no stuffing the ballot box or tampering with voting machines, no intervention by the United States Supreme Court. No. President Obama was elected the legitimate President seven years ago, and he is the legitimate President right now.
Do your job, says Sen. Warren and the rest of America. Do your goddamned fucking right-there-in-the-Constitution job. Stop screwing around, stop screwing the American people, and DO. YOUR. JOB.