There will be confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Obama’s appointment. Mitch McConnell hoped to avoid them, but Grassley is the chairman, and he’ll have hearings.
The main reason McConnell is against the idea is that these hearings will be the focus of national attention, rivaling the campaign for president in media coverage. The stakes on a judicial appointment have never been this high in our history. The Supreme Court has evolved into a high-level political battleground, with Scalia’s successor holding the balance of power – not only on the court, but, in a sense, for the country.
Of the ten Republicans on Senate Judiciary, none holds a candle to Ted Cruz in the ability to use these hearings as an opportunity to demonstrate to the American people the importance of this appointment. Nobody on the left is in the same league as Cruz. Regardless of who is appointed, Cruz will slice him to pieces.
This is the Ted Cruz that Mitch McConnell doesn’t want the country to see. And he’s right, of course. This has the potential of giving Cruz the nomination. If he’s already secured the nomination, it could win him the general.
The two thirds of the Republican Party that aren’t Trump cultists care very much about the Supreme Court. Even Trump supporters do, but nothing but Trump really matters to them. The fact that you can trust Ted Cruz to make the best appointment any of us could hope for is a reason to vote for him.
Much depends on timing, and the Senate will do all it can to prevent Cruz from using these hearings as a launchpad to the nomination. But the hearings will be held, and Cruz will shine.
You must be logged in to reply to this topic.