Democrats have tough sell on late term Supreme Court appointment
Americans are just as divided as politicians over whether the Senate should consider President Barack Obama’s forthcoming nominee for the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.Those who act as if the Republicans will lose on this issue are mistaken. The Democrats have just as much to lose by pushing an unpopular liberal onto the court. Ted Cruz has made it pretty clear that he is willing to have an election on that very issue. The fact is that Democrats are showing their disingenuous self to the voters at a time when they are very vulnerable.
A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll of registered voters found that 43% preferred the Senate to vote this year on Mr. Obama’s choice to fill the unexpected opening, while 42% said the position should remain vacant until 2017, when a new president could select a replacement. The remaining 15% had no opinion.
The survey found voters were split deeply along party lines, with 71% of the Democrats favoring Senate consideration of an Obama nominee and 73% of Republicans supporting no action until the next president assumes office.