The 2016 elections just took a big shift over the weekend with the stunning passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia who was found dead in Texas. In what could be a potent weapon for Queen Hillary and the identity politics dependent Democrats, the nomination of his replacement has already become the ultimate political football. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell didn’t even wait for the body to go cold before he emphatically stated that the revered Reagan appointee’s replacement wouldn’t be considered until after the November elections. While that may have been a shovel of red meat thrown out to rock-ribbed conservatives, McConnell may have actually ended up inflicting another self-inflicted wound upon the GOP because Obama is going to certainly use the opening to select a minority that will bolster Democrat accusations of racism and sexism. Probably the most loathsome nominee would be fascist Cass Sunstein but he is white so he’s off the table for now but would Obama actually tab Attorney General Loretta Lynch for the spot?
NBC News is already floating the trial balloon with the story “SCOTUS Analyst: Loretta Lynch ‘Most Likely Candidate’ to Replace Scalia”:
A leading Supreme Court analyst thinks Attorney General Loretta Lynch is the “most likely candidate” to replace the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.
Tom Goldstein, who runs the influential SCOTUSblog, had earlier predicted Ninth Circuit Judge Paul Watford would make the top of President Obama’s shortlist. But in a revised blog post, Goldstein said he now believes Lynch is the leading contender.
Lynch is a “very serious possibility,” Goldstein wrote. “The fact that Lynch was vetted so recently for attorney general also makes it practical for the president to nominate her in relatively short order.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, fearing that whoever Obama picks will tip the ideological balance of the nation’s highest court to the left, has already made it clear that he believes next president should be responsible for appointing a justice. GOP presidential candidates, including Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Marco Rubio, have made similar statements.
But tapping Lynch to fill the seat of Scalia, who died suddenly Saturday, poses a perception problem for Republicans because her “history as a career prosecutor makes it very difficult to paint her as excessively liberal,” Goldstein wrote.
Lynch would be the first black woman ever nominated to the nation’s highest court — and the GOP would have a political problem during an election year if the Republicans refused to even consider her nomination, Goldstein wrote.
“I think the administration would relish the prospect of Republicans either refusing to give Lynch a vote or seeming to treat her unfairly in the confirmation process,” Goldstein wrote. “Either eventuality would motivate both black and women voters.”
Lynch indeed provides the Democrats with the double-whammy of being both black and female, key demographics for the party and the Clinton machine. Crubio can howl until the cows come home but if El Presidente does choose Lynch it will be a big problem because the McConnell led Republicans in the Senate already punched ticket once despite a history of being a Wall Street-Federal Reserve insider. Lynch is also battle hardened from her earlier confirmation process so she could be a nightmare if she does end up before the Senate with the grilling being exploited as racist by Democrats to seeking to rally the black vote. McConnell is an incompetent crook – not that this is any news to non-establishment conservatives – and he his shoot from the hip comments over the weekend have set a trap at the worst possible time. Venturing into the briar patch to mix it up with the tar baby isn’t a good strategy for the general election and could be end up being catastrophic for Republicans if they don’t tread carefully.