“What Goes Around Comes Around…”


In the political aftermath to the news of the unexpected death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Democrats and Republicans are already drawing up battle lines in this election year over how and when a new judge should be nominated and approved. scaliaRepublican leaders immediately went on record arguing that Scalia’s replacement should be decided by the American people, who by electing a new president will show whether they favor a conservative or liberal court. They counsel the Senate not to approve any Obama nominee. President Obama, on the other hand, in his short press conference responding to the news of Scalia’s passing fired a warning shot across the bow of the Senate, declaring that in due time he will present a nominee to the Senate and that the Senate must “do their job” in advising and consenting to his nominee.

Unfortunately, due to the division and intransigence of the political parties in Washington, D.C., Mr. Obama will most likely nominate an ideologically liberal lawyer/judge for the ninth Supreme Court chair, the Republicans will stonewall, and the Democrats will cry foul. This sad state of affairs is the fault of both parties, in my opinion, but particularly of this present administration which instead of looking to unify the country has done more than any administration to demonize the opposition and impose its agenda with little compromise.

Though partisan politics certainly did not begin with Mr. Obama’s presidency, his early words and actions poured fuel on the fires already burning in 2009. Perhaps you remember the emergency meeting of Democratic and Republican leaders at the White House just three days after Mr. Obama’s inauguration (January 23, 2009) to discuss the “Affordable Care Act” being touted as the solution to America’s health care woes. After Republicans were given an opportunity to voice their grievances over excessive bureaucracy and special interest quirks being proposed, Mr. Obama dismissed their thoughts with a blunt statement summarized thusly by news outlets: “The election’s over. I won. Deal with it.”  In other words, “We will do things my way, so get on board.” obama mccainBy setting a “slash and burn” approach to any opposition, Obama and the Democratic leadership fostered a highly antagonistic and increasingly entrenched Republican establishment.

It is true that Mr. Obama won reelection in 2012. It is also true that the American electorate voiced their unhappiness with Democratic policies by sweeping Republicans into the majority in the Senate and increasing their majority in the House. It seems now that Mr. Obama’s words back in 2009 are now rebounding with a vengeance he had not anticipated. The shoe is on the other foot as Republicans parrot his words back to him and his party: “The election is over. We won. Deal with it.”

The Senate has every right constitutionally to block any nomination of the President. That typically doesn’t happen, but given how Mr. Obama and the Democratic Party have trampled on the Republicans in the Senate during his first five years, it is no surprise that the Republicans who now hold the reins in the Senate show signs of defiance. What goes around comes around.

Perhaps the next administration will learn a lesson from all this, and seek to build consensus from the start of their term. Wouldn’t that be a refreshing change?

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8 Responses to “What Goes Around Comes Around…”

  1. Jodie Gallo says:

    Except in the next election the conservatives are going to loose. By allot. The American People are tired of their self centered contrarian group think mentality that only favors the uber rich. Mark my words.

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    • Twist Cow says:

      Jodie,
      Your perspective is from the left coast. The politically weak center, in places like Kansas or Oklahoma don’t buy that for a Texas minute.
      I sense that the play of current events might likely change many, many minds in Democratic strongholds like Chicago, Detroit, and Minneapolis. The center must hold – but who is the centrist candidate?
      We have entered another gyre. Heaven help us all if we can’t find a strong center!

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  2. lindatigg says:

    Refreshing. But unfortunately, not likely. What a sad state of affairs, the ongoing effects of the sin of idolatry.

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  3. Pat Dickinson says:

    I keep waiting for Senators to behave like adults instead of vengeful children. I don’t agree that the Republican Senators attitude is understandable. They have been elected to oversee what is best for the country, not to massage their own egos. I am a Republican myself but I was shocked when Mitch McConnell stated that the Senate would reject any nominee coming from this President. Why on earth would he throw fuel on the fire rather than wait to see who is proposed? It all feels rather hopeless to me. I wonder what Justice Scalia would have said…well, no I don’t wonder. I see his ability to get along with conservatives and liberals alike as a strong statement of his opinion. The time for deciding is after a nomination, not before.

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    • mateenelass says:

      Great point, Pat. It seems like they all feel they have to preempt what they assume the “other side” will attempt to do, and so they cut off any opportunity to meet in the middle! But I would argue that what you say about the Republican senators can be said about most all the other politicians as well, Democrats and Republicans, in the House as well as Senate, and the Oval Office also.

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      • Kay Nicholas says:

        I so agree with your statement Mateen. They all seem to put on one face on campaign trail then after election work hard on their reelection rather than what is good for our beloved America. Elected officials these days are in it for career and retirement benefits it seems . Benefits seem to be lucrative nowadays

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      • Pat Dickinson says:

        I agree. I focus at this point on Republicans only because they are the ones right now who are making their minds up before they have any facts to deal with. I certainly don’t mean they are the only ones doing that; but right now they set themselves up. The time To dispute Obama’s nomination, if they are going to, is after the nomination has been made. It’s a sad situation in which we find ourselves. Makes me grateful, truly grateful, that I know our well being does not depend on the government or on mankind.

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  4. JB says:

    And then the president did not nominate a left wing liberal but a moderate and the Repubs did the same as always. Hillary is just as middle of the road so they’ll approve his nomination next year. What a waste of time and anger.

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