Weekend Update: A Short History of Sen. Ron Johnson’s Supreme Court Obstructionism
On Friday, we reviewed Sen. Johnson’s week in Supreme Court obstructionism. After the flood of condemnation and the stinging editorials, Johnson received for refusing to do his job, you’d imagine the Senator would rethink his partisan position. But, no.
On Saturday, Johnson paid a visit to the state of Wisconsin to tout his obstructionist stance.
As the Daily Union reports, Sen. Johnson remains in lockstep with Republicans like Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Mitch McConnell who favor delaying a Supreme Court nominee until after President Obama leaves office:
Johnson has joined in supporting Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in calls to block an Obama nominee without a hearing.
“Rather than have a lame-duck president put forward a nomination, rather than have a lame-duck Senate confirm that nomination, why don’t we let the American people decide?,” Johnson said.
“It’s a unique time in our history. The American people are going to go to the polls in 2016 and decide what path this nation is on. Are we going to continue on this road to serfdom or are we going to change course and re-embrace the founding principles of this nation?”
While we don’t quite understand how nominating a justice to our nation’s highest court is tantamount to serfdom, we do know one thing: instead of doing his job, Ron Johnson is content to take his cues from Washington Republicans who favor partisan bickering and obstructionism over a full and functional Supreme Court.
It’s wrong, it’s irresponsible, and it’s what we’ve come to expect from Sen. Johnson.