As soon as President Barack Obama announces a Supreme Court nominee from his short list — which is now set — the White House and its allies will unleash a coordinated media and political blitz aimed at weakening GOP resistance to confirming the president's pick.And why would this be a problem for old Pat?
Administration allies have already started putting a ground game in place. Obama campaign veterans have been contracted in six states — New Hampshire, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, where GOP incumbents are most vulnerable, plus Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley's Iowa. [Emphasis added.]
From the Washington Post, a few days ago:
Democrats are hoping to make Senate elections in a handful of swing and blue states a referendum on Republicans' Supreme Court blockade, and new polling suggests they may have a shot.And in this instance, a "sizable majority" means 63%. Nearly 2 out of three of those polled think the Senate should do their jobs and hold hearings on a new Supreme Court nominee.
According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, a sizable majority of Americans — including a strong contingent of independents — think the Senate should at least hold hearings on President Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court.
By now we've all seen the Public Policy Polling numbers from late February:
- Only 29% of voters approve of the job Toomey is doing to 40% who disapprove...
- Strong majorities of voters - 57/40 in Pennsylvania- think that the vacant seat on the Supreme Court should be filled this year.
- Republicans in Pennsylvania think 67/27...that the Senate should at least give President Obama’s choice a chance before deciding whether or not to confirm them.
And in an election year, none of this spells good news our junior Senator.