During a discussion with Wisconsin radio’s Morning Mess, Republican Senator Ron Johnson got candid today while assessing the war for the Supreme Court between President Obama and the GOP-controlled Senate.
Ever since Antonin Scalia‘s death, the Judiciary Committee and other Congressional leaders vowed to flat-out refuse to consider any replacement nominated by Obama. Johnson was asked about this obstructionist movement, and when he brought up an election year nominee from a hypothetical president Mitt Romney, he admitted that that would’ve been quite a different situation.
“Generally, if a conservative president’s replacing a conservative justice, there’s a little more accommodation to it,” Johnson said. “I don’t think anybody’s under any illusion President Obama’s nominee would flip the court from a 5-4 conservative to a 5-4 liberal controlled court.”
Johnson continued to express that such a moment would drastically threaten religious freedoms and the right to bear arms, and that the most reasonable thing to do was to wait and “let the American people decide.”
Listen above via Morning Mess.
[h/t Talking Points Memo]
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