Harry Reid: GOP will confirm Obama’s SCOTUS pick

By Cheryl Chumley

Sen. Harry Reid
Sen. Harry Reid

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid tapped into tea party-type fears about the Republican leadership’s ability to stand fast in the face of President Obama’s storm of demands, and put out a Twitter message saying bluntly: Yes indeed, the GOP is already on its way to caving on Merrick Garland.

Garland was announced as Obama’s pick for the Supreme Court seat left vacant by Justice Antonin Scalia’s sudden death.

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He wrote: “Republicans are backing down so quickly that they’re already bargaining about what month they will fully cave and confirm Obama’s nominee,” Mediaite found.

And in another tweet just four minutes later, Reid wrote: “No question in my mind that Sen. McConnell will cave, and President Obama will fill this vacancy this year.”

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Reid predicted similarly in February.

On an MSNBC appearance with host Chris Matthews, Reid called the Republican Party’s attempt to hold off hearings on any Obama nomination to the court a “hurtful” move for the country.

And, he added then: “McConnell and all his Republican colleagues are going to cave. The American people won’t put up with this.”

Conservatives across the country, particularly those of tea-party ideology, have criticized Republican leadership for giving in to Democratic Party demands too easily, including Obama’s many debt-ceiling hikes.

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