An ABC News political analyst, Alex Castellanos, spoke on Tuesday of a possibility that Arizona Senator John McCain could resign if his vote was needed for senate confirmation proceedings for Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh to allow a replacement to cast the decisive vote. Speaking on the confirmation process in an interview with a local Arizona radio station, Castellanos said that “there’s some word that if McCain is not able to vote and his vote is needed, he might resign and let someone appoint a senator who would support this judge.” McCain, who has been receiving treatment and rehabilitating from a diagnosis of brain cancer, has taken a seven month leave from the Senate to focus on his health, effectively leaving Republicans with a bare-bones 50-49 majority.
McCain had earlier issued a statement of support for Kavanaugh’s nomination, making it all but certain he personally would vote for the judge’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. It remains to be seen if Kavanaugh’s confirmation will be decided by one vote alone, with the possibility that Senate Democrats such as Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp could defect from the Democratic Caucus and vote to confirm Kavanaugh, thus rendering McCain’s absence irrelevant. However, if one Republican senator were to vote with the Democrats, it could create a situation where a vote from Arizona’s Senator could be necessary to achieve confirmation. Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins, both known advocates of abortion rights, are possible no votes on the Supreme Court nominee.
If McCain were unable to cast a vote for Kavanaugh, his potential resignation would create a vacancy to be fulfilled by Arizona’s Governor Doug Ducey, with a replacement presumably able and ready to cast a vote to push Kavanaugh’s confirmation by the Senate over the finish line.
Chuck Schumer Threatens Supreme Court Justices: “You Will Pay the Price”
Chuck Schumer outright threatened two Supreme Court Justices when speaking at a pro-abortion event on Wednesday, using vengeful and vindictive language when discussing recent pro-life court case rulings reached by the court.
“I want to tell you, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh…. You have unleashed the whirlwind, and you will pay the price! You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”
Such rhetoric might be expected in one of Kim Jong Un’s regular missive of threats against the United States. But it’s shocking to hear a sitting Senate Majority Leader slam nonpartisan Supreme Court Justices in such a bold fashion, totally disregarding the court’s traditional independence from everyday politics.
The rally by a pro-abortion group was being held in advance of an expected court ruling on a Louisiana abortion law. The law requires abortionists to have admitting privileges at state hospitals.
Republican legislators slammed Schumer for his irresponsible and threatening rhetoric at the abortion rally after footage of his language was seen on Twitter.
Did Senate Democrat leader Schumer just threaten two conservative justices? Where is the media?
“I want to tell you Justice Kavanaugh and Justice Gorsuch: You have unleashed a whirlwind, and you will pay the price”pic.twitter.com/MellytNNp5
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) March 4, 2020
Schumer may have been alluding to potential Democratic plans to impeach Kavanaugh, and possibly even Gorsuch, removing them from the Supreme Court. The Court’s now conservative majority has placed a major stumbling block in the way of the Left’s preferred strategy of seizing power through judicial activism.
Schumer’s unprecedented language, especially coming from a senior party official who should remain level-headed, demonstrates the Democratic Party’s willing to cast aside all formal norms of federal politics and government. They’re willing to do whatever it takes in order to get their way.
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