There is a lot of discussion about whether the Senate will allow a vote on any Obama nominee. Has me wondering what folk think the actual state of party politics currently is.
Of the 54 Republican senators, are there none who would stand up to say a nominee should be allowed up for a vote? And, should a vote be held, are there none who would break with party ranks to support the premise that a sitting president has the reight to name non-extreme justices?
What are the factors that would prevent 10% of the Repub senators from placing actually governing above blatant party politics? I would hope that if the reverse were true, at least 5 Democrats would be reasonable enough, and in secure enough districts.
Are there precedents for Supreme nominees being opposed on strict party lines? As I recall, even Thomas - who had at least some reasons to be opposed - garnered some Dem votes.
Here in IL - I’m interested to see how Kirk plays it. He’s up for re-election, and considered vulnerable. Of course, since his stroke, I’m not entirely convinced he is competent to tie his shoes, let alone govern… :rolleyes: