While he doesn’t make a lot of national headlines, I am a huge fan of Sen. Al Franken (D-MN). The former Saturday Night Live cast member has been a fantastic senator since he was first elected in 2008. Don’t let his comedy shtick fool you; while he is a very funny individual, he’s also a graduate of Harvard University.
Sen. Franken, like many Democrats (and Americans in general), has taken umbrage with the hypocrisy and absurdity emanating from the Republican party concerning the vacancy on the Supreme Court that opened up following the death of Antonin Scalia.
Republicans have defended their obstruction by claiming that “the people should have a voice” in choosing Scalia’s replacement by electing our next president. Only for several Republicans to then essentially say that if the election doesn’t go their way, meaning either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders becomes our next president, then they’ll go forward with considering President Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland. That’s a complete contradiction to their entire argument. Not only that, but the people did decide in 2012 when they elected President Obama to a four-year term – not three.
Well, Franken unloaded on Republicans for playing childish partisan politics with this entire situation.
“First, it was we should let the people decide,” Franken said. “Well, we would argue the people decided. The President has a four-year term. Scientists tell us that there are approximately ten months left in his term. But then I hear, let the people decide, and the presidential election should decide, but then I hear colleagues from the other side saying well, you know what? If the election goes the wrong way, I’d be happy to consider this nomination during the lame duck. How absurd is that?”
That’s when he went after the absurdity of their hypocrisy.
“So, it’s let the people decide unless they decide on Hillary Clinton, in which case let us decide,” he continued. “Do you guys talk to each other? That’s what I want to know. I just hear such contradictory stuff coming out from your side.”
Sen. Franken then pressed Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) to at least admit that Republicans are contradicting themselves by saying they’ll only consider Obama’s nominee if their party loses this November. Surprising nobody, Hatch refused to admit the glaringly obvious hypocrisy in all of this.
Since Scalia’s death, I’ve frequently implored people to not let this be one of those stories that fades away as the months go on and we get tired of hearing about it. The American people need to know about this asinine nonsense Republicans are trying to sell. Come this November, I sincerely hope we’ll collectively make damn sure the GOP pays for its childish, petty obstruction.
If you have about ten minutes, I highly recommend following this link to watch the video on Sen. Franken’s website. His full take is well worth your time.
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