Will GOP Senate Fold Like A Cheap Suit On Court Appointment?

The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia last week sets up an interesting look at why many people who self-identify as Republicans have no trust whatsoever in the party they self-identify with.

Scalia was, without a doubt, the most prominent conservative on the Court.

The Democrat Party, in their wettest of dreams, would like him to be replaced with a doctrinaire liberal who would vote to uphold things like affirmative action, EPA regulations that kill coal-fired power plants, abortion on demand, open borders and the rest of the left’s laundry list.

But Supreme Court appointments are only nominated by the President.

They must be confirmed by the Senate. And, unlike earlier in President Obama’s terms, the Senate is under the control of the Republican Party. Sort of. (We’ll get to that in a minute.)

You see, the very same people who nominally “control” the Senate are also the reason why Donald Trump holds a large lead in the polls. The average voter trusts a used car dealer more than their Senator—of either party.

And while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell immediately said that the Senate would not consider a new appointment during an election year, the question reverberating amongst the party base is: do you really believe him?

Frankly, the only thing that will keep McConnell honest is the fact that should he and his fellow establishment Republicans break ranks and confirm an Obama nomination, it will be the last thing they ever do as a Senator.

If the party’s long-suffering base is willing to nominate Trump—and it clearly is—then it is not a very big stretch to assume that very same base will destroy the careers of any Senator responsible for replacing Scalia with a liberal and changing the balance of the court.

Essentially, it is time for the Republicans to learn to play by Harry Reid’s rules. Which is to say that when Reid was the Majority Leader and he wanted something, there WEREN’T any rules. Harry was only too happy to cram Obamacare through the Senate on a budget reconciliation act and bypass the filibuster. Harry was only too happy to change the rules so a cloture vote on lower level nominations would only require a simple majority.

So, given the playing field that Reid, a mean, nasty and not very smart smash-mouth political player, invented, it should be a fairly simple maneuver to hold up a vote on Scalia’s replacement until after an election.

But that assumes that McConnell is smarter than Reid and more reliable.

And that’s why the base is more than a little worried. When Trump talks about America being run by stupid people, he’s not only talking about Obama and his ilk.

It’s not like Republicans have covered themselves with glory. Especially in the Senate.

As New Jersey Governor Chris Christie so eloquently put it before he dropped out of the race for President—“when you’re a governor of a state… they expect you to plow the snow. They expect you to get the schools open. And when the worst natural disaster in your state’s history hits you, they expect you to rebuild their state.”

On the other hand, when you’re a Senator, you talk. And talk is cheap. It’s the best job most Senators could ever get, and frankly, most Senators could not hold a job in the private sector with the salary and perks they have.  So, they will do almost anything to keep the job.

The public is not stupid.

They know this, and many simply do not trust anyone in the Senate with good reason.

So, despite what McConnell said, the jury is out on what the GOP Senate will actually do.

If they stay the course, great. People will gain some faith in the GOP Senate, and it might reflect itself in the election results.

If they fold like a cheap suit—as they have in the recent past—then the result could and should destroy the Republican Party.

BREAKING: Another Republican Presidential Canidate Just Dropped Out Of The Race

Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore ended his bid for the presidency Friday, having failed to garner significant support in the Iowa caucuses or the New Hampshire primary.

“My campaign was intended to offer the gubernatorial experience, with the track record of a true conservative, experienced in national security, to unite the party,” Gilmore said in a statement. “I will continue to do everything I can to ensure that our next President is a free enterprise Republican who will restore our nation to greatness and keep our citizens safe.”

Gilmore received just 133 votes in New Hampshire and only garnered 12 votes in the Iowa caucuses a week earlier, the Washington Post reported.

The former chairman of the Republican National Committee successfully ran for governor of Virginia in 1997, serving until 2002. The state constitution bars governors from serving consecutive terms.

Gilmore next ran for the U.S. Senate six years later against Democrat Mark R. Warner, who had replaced him as governor. Gilmore lost by nearly a two-to-one margin.

“His quixotic bid [for the presidency] became something of a social media curiosity. The hashtag #Gilmentum was regularly seen on Twitter, and Gilmore himself even seemed to embrace his long-shot status, tweeting after the departures of Rand Paul and Rick Santorum from the GOP field after Iowa: ‘Started out as 1 of 17 GOP Candidates, now with Rand Paul & Rick Santorum out, 1 of 9. #StillStanding,‘” USA Today reported.  

Gilmore and Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry were the only military veterans in the 2016 GOP presidential field.

Actor Kelsey Grammer Just Revealed Which Repub He’s Supporting For President – It Might Surprise You

In a recent interview with late-night television host Stephen Colbert, actor Kelsey Grammer shared his take on life as a conservative within the largely leftist entertainment industry.

Colbert, whose post-Letterman incarnation of CBS’ The Late Show has been criticized for leaning too far to the political left, gave the former Frasier star an opportunity to explain what it is like for an outspoken conservative in Hollywood.

“Honestly,” he said of the perceived bias against conservatives, “if you’re good at what you do, that’s not going to exist. And I’ve had pretty reasonable success with my career.”

Grammer did acknowledge, however, the aspect of human nature prompting individuals to gravitate to those with whom they share common values.

“I think there’s a predilection towards, you know, dismissing someone who doesn’t think the way you do,” he said. “That’s kind of common ground I guess. I guess that happens to a lot of people.”

Given his ideology, it may come as little surprise the actor, who became a household name in the 1980s for his portrayal of psychiatrist Frasier Crane on the NBC sitcom Cheers, is planning to support a Republican in the 2016 presidential election. During the recent interview, he told Colbert which White House hopeful currently has his interest.

“I honestly like Ben Carson,” Grammer said. “I like him a lot.”

He cited the impression the retired neurosurgeon “isn’t really part of the deal” as a primary reason for his support.

Last summer, the two men met at the National Right to Life Convention, where Carson was one of several presidential candidates advocating an end to abortion.

Revealed: Ted Cruz Walked Up To Ben Carson During A Debate Break And Told Him This

Ted Cruz’s campaign distributed an email on the morning of the Iowa Caucuses claiming Dr. Ben Carson was quitting the election. By the time of Saturday’s GOP debate, the issue was still so controversial that Cruz personally walked over to Carson and asked him an important question.

Those who oppose Cruz have been using the erroneous email about Carson’s status in the race to attack the Texas senator,claiming the last-minute “dirty trick” ended up “stealing” the election for Cruz — though there is little evidence the email changed very many votes. But Carson has used the incident to claim he was treated unfairly by the Cruz campaign.

So, the issue also came up at the Saturday’s GOP debate in New Hampshire. Cruz explained the timeline of the email and officially apologized for his staffers who got the information wrong. Cruz did note, though, his staffers got the information from CNN.

Still, Cruz took responsibility for the incident. “Ben is a good and honorable man, and Ben and Candy have become friends. He has an amazing life story that has inspired millions, including me,” Cruz said at the debate. “When this transpired, I apologized to him then, and I do so now. Ben, I’m sorry.”

But after the debate segment and during the commercial break immediately following, Cruz walked over to Carson and again offered his personal apology. And according to Carson, Cruz also asked for a meeting between the two.

“He said he’s sorry that this happened and he wants to sit down and talk,” Carson told the Washington Post. “He wants to discuss the whole thing and clear the air.”

Carson also said he’s willing to take a meeting and listen to what Cruz has to say.

The timeline Cruz pointed to does seem to ring true. Early on the day of the Iowa caucus, CNN anchors Jake Tapper and Dana Bash reported Carson was leaving the campaign trail and suggested it was the beginning of the end for the Carson campaign.

The Cruz campaign played off the CNN report, clearly thinking CNN was reporting Carson was quitting his campaign.

Additionally, Cruz himself was not part of the decision to play up the CNN report because he was giving speeches in Iowa at the time. It was his staff, not him. Still, his staff was responding to CNN, not making things up out of whole cloth.

In fact, even Carson’s camp pointed to the CNN report as the problem. The Carson campaign began sending out a fundraising letter blaming CNN for the mistaken story that he had quit the race.

h/t: Constitution.com

Something Big Was Just Announced About Next GOP Debate That Will Have Many Conservatives THRILLED

Townhall editor-at-large and Fox News contributor Mary Katharine Ham will join the ABC News moderator panel for the next Republican presidential debate on Saturday in New Hampshire.

RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer announced the addition Wednesday night.

Ham’s addition to the ABC News panel comes following October’s controversial CNBC debate, after which RNC Chairman Reince Priebus described the moderators’ treatment of the Republican candidates as a “crap sandwich.”

Sen Ted Cruz scored the line of the evening, when he called out the moderators“This is not a cage match,” he said, and then began to go down the line of his fellow candidates on the stage, recounting the questions that they had received: “Donald Trump, are you a comic book villain?…Ben Carson, can you do math?…John Kasich, would you insult two people over here?…Marco Rubio, why don’t you resign?…Jeb Bush, why have your numbers fallen?”

“How about talking about the substantive issues people care about?” Cruz asked, which elicited loud audience applause.

Priebus responded to the event, promising that CNBC would not host another debate, and took it a step further by cancelling an NBC News debate scheduled for January of this year.

As reported by Western Journalism, the Republican Party’s decision to allow CNBC to solely moderate the debate violated Priebus’ own guidelines, which he laid out with conservative radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt early last year. “[W]e’re going to have a reasonable number of debates, and we’re going to have conservatives help in the moderating and the management of these debates,” Priebus said. 

One controversy brewing for Saturday night’s debate in New Hampshire is whether Carly Fiorina will be included. Due to the multiple candidates announcing the end of their campaigns this week, there will be no “undercard” debate. Under ABC News’ announced criteria, Fiorina does not qualify for the main stage.

In another letter to the RNC, she argued that eight candidates were allowed on the stage in 2012, and all the candidates who remained in the race after Iowa were invited to participate in the debates that followed.

Fiorina further contends that she outperformed others in Iowa who will be on the stage in New Hampshire, including Governors Chris Christie and John Kasich, and is polling better than Ben Carson in New Hampshire.

The former Hewlett Packard CEO is calling on the RNC to compel ABC News to let her on the stage.

Saturday’s night debate is scheduled to start at 8 P.M. ET, from St. Anselm College in Manchester.

h/t: Hot Air