Democratic Party of Wisconsin
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President Obama to Ron Johnson: Stop Playing Politics with SCOTUS and Do Your Job!

Johnson is in lockstep with Senator Mitch McConnell and refuses to do his job and vote on the President’s SCOTUS nominee.

By - May 3rd, 2016 12:14 pm

MADISON – President Obama went on WISN today to tell Senator Johnson to stop playing Washington games with the Supreme Court. The President gave Johnson a refresher in the Constitution saying, “There’s nothing in the Constitution that says if you’re in an election year the President shall not make a nomination. It says the opposite — it says you shall and then it says the Senate shall advise and consent.”

Johnson is in lockstep with Senator Mitch McConnell and refuses to do his job and vote on the President’s SCOTUS nominee. He’s told Wisconsinites to just “move on” because “it’s not going to happen,” even though poll after poll shows voters want the Senate to act. Johnson is more concerned with the opinions of his ultra-conservative colleagues than Wisconsinites. He told reporters on Sunday, “I know the people that voted for me want to make sure that I only will confirm a judge, not a super-legislator…there’s no pressure on me,” to act on the nomination.

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One thought on “President Obama to Ron Johnson: Stop Playing Politics with SCOTUS and Do Your Job!”

  1. Thomas says:

    President Obama spoke with clarity to Senator Johnson on the obligation of the senator to consider Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court. The word “shall” is imperative. It was imperative for Obama to name a nominee. It is imperative for Johnson to consider that nominee.

    Johnson has looked like a pretzel in his twisted explanations of denial to perform what is clearly his duty in this regard.

    You have time to get straight, Ron, if you goose Mitch Mac and Chuck Grassly into holding a hearing and taking a vote on the nominee.

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