Sen. Cornyn with GOP Backing
(I guess the entire GOP)
Sen. Cornyn's View of Potential SCOTUS Nominees
(or so he says - his words not mine)
What follows from this article are the words and views of GOP Senator John Cornyn from Texas with this headline:
“Supreme Court nominee would be a Piñata Cornyn says”
Had Mr. Cornyn spoke those words on the Senate floor he probably would be scot-free to get away with his remarks and even to have said more, much more. Then he would have been exempt from ridicule, but in fact he was speaking to a small group of reporters and thus the public. Hence my suggestion that he be censured and expelled from the Senate for undue and possibly illegal influence in the governmental process. Here is a synopsis of this (my emphasis is included):
[… Sen. Cornyn R-TX] The No. 2 Senate Republican is warning potential nominees to the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Scalia that they should consider the battle they will be forced to endure if they are picked for the post, suggesting a high-stakes slug fest could damage their reputations in a fruitless pursuit of the top court. He said in part: “I think they will bear some resemblance to a piñata.”
He went on to say (and this is the threat part: “What I don't understand is how someone who actually wants to be confirmed to the Supreme Court would actually allow themselves to be used by the administration in a political fight that's going to last from now until the end of the year. Because there is no guarantee, certainly, after that time they're going to look as good as they did going in.”
Cornyn, a member of the Judiciary Committee, adamantly opposes confirming President Obama's Supreme Court pick to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia, a conservative stalwart on the bench who died last month.
President Obama is expected to name a replacement any day.
Therefore, I as a citizen and party of one (at this point) strongly believe Cornyn should be censured by the Senate and then expelled for illegal and undue influence in this matter. He quite frankly does not belong in the Senate let alone any public office with this kind of view and threat; not for his right to free speech, but for this threat to in essence ruin a presidential Supreme Court nominee by telling them well in advance: “We will beat you like a piñata and ruin whatever career you have built or have remaining in your life.” (That appears to be a direct personal attack and threat on any potential nominee, and that is illegal I believe).
Is this how a United States Senator should be acting let alone making public statement about a time-honored process outlined in the Constitution – in essence shirking his duties.
This is my strong view and I will not back down on it or this post. Cornyn has to be expelled from the Senate.
Just imagine this were some military officer appointment or an Ambassador’s nomination. Would Sen. Cornyn try to unravel or derail that in advance?
I’d love to hear other comments.