MITCH McCONNELL: CAUGHT BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE

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After the final votes for 2016’s Super Tuesday contest were counted, two very different themes emerged. One, Hillary Clinton’s 7/11 victory over Sanders has all but cleared a path to the Democratic Nomination. Two, Donald Trump’s 7/11 win has leaders in the GOP trying to figure out how to stop him.

Just days before voting, Trump seemed to waver in an interview about whether or not he disavowed support from the KKK and white supremacist, David Duke. Senate Majority leader, Mitch McConnell, seeing the damage Donald has inflicted on the Republican party, immediately denounced the GOP frontrunner for his slow-moving disavowal and “seeming ambivalence about David Duke and the KKK.”

McConnell suggested there is no place for the Ku Klux Klan, David Duke or racism in the GOP. But where were these comments when it was clear Trump’s rallies were full of white supremacists? Why wasn’t there criticism of the subtle and overt prejudice President Obama faced with both the birther and Muslim attacks that dogged both his Presidential campaigns? Was that all just politics as usual?

After Obama’ second term win, the GOP establishment specifically spoke on the need to increase minority membership. Now, however, the “subtle” racism of the GOP of the past has been replaced with the overt racist commentary of Trump and his supporters. And McConnell now finds himself in the unenviable position of criticizing someone who’s simply revealing what the GOP has stood for all along.

#GOP vs. #Trump

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PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS THE AUTHORITY TO APPOINT A TEMPORARY JUSTICE WHILE SENATE IS IN RECESS… SHOULD HE DO IT?

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Child, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s body was barely cold when a chorus of nervous conservatives began advocating a block of any potential appointment. Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell immediately came out and said any attempt by President Obama to appoint a nominee should be blocked.

The circumstances surrounding the latest appointment have become highly political. Those on the right argue it’s unprecedented to nominate someone during an election year. While members on the left feel the country deserves to have a replacement in place as soon as possible.

The last time a justice was confirmed during an election year was when Reagan appointment, Kennedy was confirmed in February of 2008. Though he was nominated in November of 1987 after the first nominee was rejected.

Interestingly enough, the President has the authority to make temporary appointments during a Senate recess. This could potentially happen since the Senate is in recess through February 22nd. The questions are, should he; should he let the next president do it; and should the country be without a fully functioning Supreme Court Justice for more than a year?

#OBAMA #POTUS #SCOTUS