I’ve been watching the drama of primary elections and a Supreme Court vacancy with a mixture of dread and amusement.
The last eight years have been one showdown after another between Congress and the president, and an increasing level of negativity. Conservatives have focused on undoing, or blocking anything our president does or wants, to the exclusion of getting much of anything else done. They have voted at least 60 times to overturn the Affordable Care Act.
Now, with the Supreme Court needing a replacement for Antonin Scalia, acting on their current level of spite, conservatives have vowed not to consider President Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland.
The problem is, the Republican Party is fracturing to the point where its leaders are trying to block the presumptive GOP presidential candidate, and they hate the alternative Democrat. This leads to an interesting quandary. In 2017, they will be faced by two currently unpalatable choices. They can accept one of Donald Trump’s nominees or one of Hillary Clinton’s.
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This is why we have kindergarten. It’s where you’re supposed to find out that stomping your foot and screaming “no” in the face of reality, leads to time spent in the corner.
Ed Hawke, Fresno