Yesterday, Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee announced that not only would they not approve any individual that President Obama nominates to the Supreme Court, they would refuse to hold even cursory hearings. That’s right, the party that claims to love the Constitution is ready to set the document aflame simply because their party doesn’t currently hold the highest office in the land.
In their typical childish fashion, these Republican senators have not considered the consequences of their actions. They are demanding that the Supreme Court vacancy not be filled until the next president takes office in January 2017 and are willing to lead the American people into a heated election with a dysfunctional court.
Can you imagine if the 2000 Bush v. Gore case ended with a tied Supreme Court? Can you imagine if the 2016 election, with all its bombast and hyper-partisanship, ended with a tied Supreme Court?
We can. In just one word...CHAOS.
The Agenda Project Action Fund released a new provocative ad targeting this GOP obstructionism to shed light on the very real dangers that would arise from leading America into an election year with a tied court.
The American political system is already a powder keg. If the Senate refuses to act to appoint a new member to the Supreme Court before the presidential election, they will be taking that powder keg, putting it on top of a stack of dynamite and lighting a match. We have already had constitutional questions raised in this election, we must not - under any circumstance - allow our country to enter a presidential election with a tied court. Add to those challenges the increasingly violent rhetoric, the hyper-partisanship, and the intense distrust many Americans hold for our most fundamental institutions and you are looking at a disaster waiting to happen.
This ad will be airing in the crucial general election battleground states of New Hampshire, Iowa, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. WATCH the ad HERE and share it with your family and friends on social media. We must hold Republicans nationwide accountable and ensure all Americans know the dangerous game the GOP is playing with the stability of our nation.