Warren Blasts GOP For Blocking SCOTUS Nom, Giving Rise To Cruz And Trump

In this photo taken Nov. 18, 2015, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Warren, the populist senator from Massachusetts, told The Boston Globe in September that she would likely endors... In this photo taken Nov. 18, 2015, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Warren, the populist senator from Massachusetts, told The Boston Globe in September that she would likely endorse a presidential candidate during the primaries, but has since remained coy. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) MORE LESS
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) on Thursday torched her Republican Senate colleagues for their overwhelming refusal to consider, and in most cases meet with, President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee.

“Senators have the right — and, indeed, the obligation — to review the qualifications of individual nominees and then decide whether to vote yes or no. That’s what advice and consent is all about,” Warren wrote in an op-ed published in the Boston Globe. “But Republican extremists don’t object to the qualifications of individual nominees. Instead, they block votes wholesale, in order to keep critical jobs vacant, and to undermine the government itself. In so doing, they insult both the president and the Constitution.”

Warren wrote that Republicans “readily admit” that their quibble is not with the qualifications of Obama’s nominee, D.C. Circuit Court Judge Merrick Garland, adding that Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) has called Garland a “fine man.”

“Stand up to extremists in the Senate bent on sabotaging our government whenever things don’t go their way,” Warren urged her Republican colleagues. “Respect the oath you took to uphold and defend the Constitution.”

She also argued that at least two of the Republican presidential candidates, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Donald Trump, are “logical outgrowths” of Senate Republicans embracing that kind of obstructionism.

“The campaigns of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are the next logical outgrowth of the same attitude — if you can’t get what you want, just ignore the obligations of governing, then divert attention and responsibility by wallowing in a toxic stew of attacks on Muslims, women, Latinos, and each other,” she said.

Read the full op-ed here.

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  1. Give 'em Hell, Liz! Funny thing is, this is just common sense, but these days it equates to “hell”.

  2. As I recall, she was the victim of exactly this Senate GOP non-consent strategy when she was being considered to head the consumer protection agency. So then she became a Senator, and better than any of them.

  3. She is a superstar. Brilliant and able to convey a message better than most. A lovely youthful woman who looks more like 50 than in her 60s. I love her

  4. Why after all this time are we still getting the Log In message and that disgusting wheel. How long does it take to fix these bugs???

  5. Avatar for paulw paulw says:

    I grew up around moderate republicans and democrats of the 70s. As a college professor, Warren would have fit right in. That she has been radicalized like this is entirely the doing of republican craziness.

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