Type to search

Georgia Senators Will Consider Future Clinton Supreme Court Nominees

Campaign 2016 Congress Headlines Politics Reuters US

Georgia Senators Will Consider Future Clinton Supreme Court Nominees

Share
Georgia senators will consider Hillary Clinton's Supreme Court nominees.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Georgia’s two Republican senators broke with members of their party, saying they would consider Supreme Court nominees put forward by Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton if she wins the presidency, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on Sunday.

The comments from U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, who is up for re-election on Tuesday, and U.S. Senator David Perdue came after Republican Senators John McCain and Ted Cruz suggested they might block any of Clinton’s potential nominees.

“You don’t shirk your responsibility when you’re an elected official. You sanctify your responsibility, and that’s what I’ll do. I’ll consider who she nominates at the time she does and make a decision that’s right for the people of Georgia,” Isakson told the Atlanta newspaper.

A spokeswoman for Perdue, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told the AJC: “He wants to ensure we have a Supreme Court justice who will uphold the Constitution, and he will examine each nominee independently based on their merits.”

The death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia in February has left the nine-member high court short one justice and evenly split between liberals and conservatives.

In March, President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland, a federal appeals court judge, to replace Scalia, but the Republican-led Senate has refused to consider the nomination, saying the next president should make the pick.

The Senate’s inaction on Garland, a centrist, has made the Supreme Court a potent issue in the election. After many years of leaning conservative, the court could tilt to the left for the first time in decades if Clinton wins the election.

Isakson said he expects the Senate will confirm Garland before January in the event of a Clinton victory. Some Republicans fear Clinton would nominate a more liberal justice, swinging the ideological balance of the court even further to the left.

(Additional reporting by David Morgan; Editing by Paul Simao)

IMAGE: U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addresses the crowd during a campaign rally in the Hall of Fame Pavilion at Louisville Slugger Filed in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., May 10, 2016. REUTERS/John Sommers II  

Tags:

13 Comments

  1. oldlion November 6, 2016

    Isn’t that just swell. Two Republican Senators saying they might do their job. No doubt they will be considered RINO’s.

    Reply
  2. Thoughtopsy November 6, 2016

    The Republicans see their demise through the horns of their dilemma: Blame brown people and immigrants for everything vs Changing demographics.

    They are clutching on to anything to slow or arrest that inevitable slide.
    – Gerrymandering
    – Voter ID Laws/Voter suppression == Poll taxes
    – Endorsing Trump the human sewer from greed, calculation or fear for their lives (None of the smart ones actually want him)
    – Blockading government
    – Refusing any compromise
    … and now: Blockading anyone getting on the Supreme Court that they don’t like EVEN when their “side” was given the courtesy of Democrats actually doing their jobs, and assessing and confirming their nominees when they won the political right to appoint them.

    Desperation. Expect more of it.
    Expect more lawsuits.
    Expect more attempts to impeach.
    Expect more overblown bullsh!t scandals.
    Expect more Government shutdowns.
    Expect more deliberate obstruction.

    They don’t have a plan. Their party is 2 heartbeats from death. And they’ve been fed a constant stream of minority hate-speech and Christian values social conservatism hypocrisy about Liberals ushering in the end times by elite pinheads who deliberately whipped them up against the Government… and should’ve known that you can’t put that genie back in the bottle.

    Grab your popcorn.

    Reply
  3. I Am Helpy November 6, 2016

    It’s insanely sad that the bar is this low.

    Reply
  4. dbtheonly November 6, 2016

    So they’ll find out who they are before voting against them?

    Reply
    1. CrankyToo November 7, 2016

      Exactly! This is just more disingenuous bullsh!t from two Senate Republicans, one of which is facing an angry electorate on Tuesday.

      Hey, guess what folks… we’re going to be magnanimous and actually do what you pay us to do! See how special we are?

      1. dbtheonly November 7, 2016

        Worse, in today’s atmosphere, this is what passes for reasonable.

        1. Marianrwilliams3 November 7, 2016

          Google is paying 97$ per hour! Work for few hours and have longer with friends & family! !mj178d:
          On tuesday I got a great new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $8752 this last four weeks.. Its the most-financialy rewarding I’ve had.. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
          !mj178d:
          ➽➽
          ➽➽;➽➽ http://GoogleFinancialJobsCash178MediaMatterGetPay$97Hour ★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★::::::!mj178d:….,….

        2. CrankyToo November 7, 2016

          Only in the world of the Greedy Old Pricks; not in my world.

          1. dbtheonly November 7, 2016

            Rather more than the GOP. Between the RWMO praising every RW obstruction and the Lamestream Media cheerfully saying that both sides do it; reasonable has become a scarce commodity on the right.

  5. Lynda Groom November 7, 2016

    Isn’t that special. Republican Senators considering doing their job. What a concept!

    Reply
    1. TCarlucci November 7, 2016

      And they expect special praise for it – WTF?

  6. opinioned1 November 7, 2016

    That`s what you do when you are running scared. My only question–where in the hell have you been since garland was nominated?

    Rumor is Garland will withdraw his name from consideration on Wed. Nov.9th and tell the GOP clowns you had your chance to get a moderate on the court, now live with the 40 year old liberal our next president offers!! After all, the mantra was let the people chose.. Hillary will pick the next justice–It`s called KARMA—!

    Reply
  7. Jon November 7, 2016

    Senators Mitch McConnell R-Ky and Charles Grassley R-Ia have made it clear that they will follow their own fanciful interpretation of the Constitution which sets no deadline on when a vacancy on the Supreme Court must be filled. According to McConnell and Grassley it means whenever they damn well feel like it. With McConnell the majority leader and .Grassley head of Judiciary, they will call the shots as long as Republicans control the Senate.

    Reply

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Next Up