Take it from Republican Senator Susan Collins: Meetings with Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland simply aren’t enough. Republicans need to do their jobs by holding a hearing in the Judiciary Committee and voting on his nomination.
And as Senator Collins points out, incumbent Republicans are feeling the pressure from their constituents — but constituents aren’t satisfied with a perfunctory meeting. They want action from their senators, not faux politeness.
Kelly Ayotte, Pat Toomey, Ron Johnson, Mark Kirk, Chuck Grassley, Roy Blunt, Richard Burr, John McCain, and Rob Portman are all slipping in their re-election prospects and will face disaster in November if they continue their unprecedented stall of President Obama’s nominee in hopes that Donald Trump would nominate a better justice.
Senator Collins: “What I think should happen next is the customary step, which would be after the courtesy meetings are completed, there should be hearings before the Judiciary Committee to allow for a fuller vetting of his views.”