7 Republican Senators That Will Betray The GOP And Back Obama’s Supreme Court Pick-James Inhofe


According to Talking Points Memo, Senator Inhofe has indicated that the late-Justice Antonine Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court should remain vacant for now, he had no objection in talking to Judge Merrick Garland, and his office did confirm that he did, in fact, meet with him by phone.

That being said, Inhofe’s actions beg the question: If you’re not going to confirm Garland, then why meet with him in the first place?

First elected to the U.S. Senate in 1994, Senator Inhofe has served as a senator for over two decades. He was previously a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1987 until 1994. He so strongly stands behind his convictions, he is one of the few U.S. Senators who proudly puts their Senate voting record on his own website.

Senator Inhofe has been extremely involved in the intricacies of war and what constitutes war crimes. In 2006, the Senator was one of nine senators who voted against the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005. As Senior Member of the Armed Services Committee, Senator Inhofe has a deep understanding of the severity of the threats facing U.S. security.

His commitment is so strong to the U.S. Military that in June 2015 Senator Inhofe, as a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, introduced an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), attempting to prevent the Department of Defense (DOD) from privatizing commissaries. The well-being and care for those serving in our U.S. Military and their families has been a cornerstone of Senator Inhofe’s tenure in the Senate.

7 Republican Senators That Will Betray The GOP And Back Obama’s Supreme Court Pick-Jeff Flake


Senator Jeff Flake told reporters that he would meet with Garland, saying, “I meet with people. That’s what I do.” Newsflash Senator Flake, as voters, we unelect Senators… that’s what we do.

Jeff Flake, born December 31, 1962, is an American politician and the junior United States Senator from Arizona. He served as a U.S. Representative for Arizona from 2001 to 2013, representing Arizona’s 6th congressional district (initially Arizona’s 1st congressional district). He is a member of the Republican Party.

Flake was the 2012 Republican nominee to represent Arizona in the U.S. Senate. He defeated Democrat Richard Carmona in the general election on November 6, 2012.

In 2013, the National Taxpayers Union gave Flake the Taxpayers’ Friend Award. The Union keeps a scorecard on Members of Congress, rating Members on certain votes. Flake’s score was the highest of anyone in Congress for 2013. Upon receiving the award, Flake referred to himself as “the biggest cheapskate in the Senate.”[2]

Flake obtained both an undergraduate and graduate degree from Brigham Young University and was a Mormon missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to South Africa in the early 1980s. He speaks Afrikaans. He worked in the public affairs sector after college and served as Executive Director of the Foundation for Democracy in Namibia and Executive Director of the Goldwater Institute before entering the House of Representatives. He opposed economic sanctions on South Africa in the 1980s, arguing that sanctions would harm the black population who were already suffering under Apartheid policies.

Flake was first elected to what was then Arizona’s 1st congressional districtin 2000, after Republican incumbent Matt Salmon stepped down to honor a self-imposed term limit. The district, which included most of the East Valley, was then renumbered to the 6th district as Arizona gained two Congressional seats due to the results of the 2000 census.

In the race, Flake had no Democratic Party opponent and easily defeated the Libertarian Party candidate, Jason Blair, with 74% of the vote.[9]

7 Republican Senators That Will Betray The GOP And Back Obama’s Supreme Court Pick-Roy Blunt


Senator Roy Blunt said he “would meet with anybody, but I think it would be a waste of his time.” Pressed if that meant he would accept a meeting if the White House asked him to, Blunt said, “While I may try, it could or could not happen.” To take a cue from the musical Oklahoma, we guess that he’s just a guy dat can’t say no.

Roy Dean Blunt, born January 10, 1950, is the junior United States Senator from Missouri, in office since 2011. He is a member of the Republican Party.

Blunt served as the United States Representative from Missouri’s 7th congressional district from 1997 to 2011. The district contains most of Southwest Missouri, anchored in the city of Springfield, as well as cities such as Joplin, Carthage, and Neosho. The popular tourist destination of Branson also lies in the district.

Blunt served as House Majority Whip from 2003 to 2007, and was acting House Majority Leader from September 2005 to February 2006. He was the House Minority Whip during the 110th Congress starting in 2007, but after the 2008 general elections announced that he would step down from the position.

Blunt successfully ran for United States Senate in 2010. In 2011, he was elected vice-chairman of the Senate Republican Conference.

Blunt is the father of Matt Blunt, the governor of Missouri from 2005 to 2009. At 54, he was the youngest father of a governor of any state. Also he was one of the few politicians who remained active on the political scene while his son was a governor. He and his son are the only Republicans to have served as Missouri Secretary of State since 1945.

Blunt was born in Niangua, Missouri, the son of Neva Dora and Leroy Blunt. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in history from Southwest Baptist University in 1970. In college he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order fraternity. Two years later, he earned a master’s degree in history from Missouri State University (then Southwest Missouri State University). Blunt was a high school history teacher at Marshfield High School and taught at Drury University. He later served four years as president of Southwest Baptist University.

7 Republican Senators That Will Betray The GOP And Back Obama’s Supreme Court Pick-Rob Portman


Portman said his meeting would be a courtesy and that he backed McConnell’s move to withhold hearings for an Obama nominee.  So Rob, why are you meeting with Judge Merrick Garland if you’re backing Mitch McConnell’s move?

“I’m not going to change my position, but I meet with people all the time,” Portman told The Hill. “It would be a meeting in which I explain my position and why I feel the way that I do. He may view it as a waste of time,” he added of Garland.

Robert Jones “Rob” Portman is an American lawyer and the junior United States Senator from Ohio, in office since 2011. Previously he served as a congressman, as the 14th United States Trade Representative and as the 35th Director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Portman graduated from Dartmouth College and the University of Michigan Law School. He worked briefly in the White House during the first Bush Administration before entering the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the eastern half of Greater Cincinnati and neighboring counties along the Ohio River, and serving six consecutive terms. Portman resigned from Congress to serve as U.S. Trade Representative from May 2005 to May 2006. As Trade Representative, Portman is cited for initiating worldwide trade agreements between other countries and the United States, and pursuing claims against China and the European Union at the World Trade Organization. He later served in the Bush Administration from May 2006 to June 2007 as Director of the Office of Management and Budget, where he advocated a balanced budget. Portman is married and has three children.

A center-right member of the Republican Party, Portman was elected U.S. Senator in 2010. He has been listed as a possible Republican vice presidential candidate in the past two presidential elections. In the Senate, Portman was a member of the bipartisan Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. Throughout his time in
Congress, the Cabinet, and the Senate, Portman has visited over thirty countries, including Israel, China, and Iraq. In 2013, Portman became the first incumbent statewide or national-level Republican to publicly support legal recognition of same-sex marriage since Lincoln Chafee in 2004.

7 Republican Senators That Will Betray The GOP And Back Obama’s Supreme Court Pick-Kelly Ayotte


Kellly Ayotte, who is running in a tight re-election race against incumbent New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan – said that she would meet with Garland to explain to him that she opposes any nomination during the 2016 presidential race. Prior to Obama actually naming his choice to take the seat of recently deceased Justice Antonin Scalia, Ayotte said she would not meet with the president’s nominee. Can you say slip-flop boys and girls?  We thought you could.

“He’s a current appeals court judge and out of courtesy and respect we will certainly meet with him if he would like to meet with me,” Ayotte said. “I would want to explain my position to the nominee…I would want to give him that courtesy.”

Kelly Ann Ayotte is an American politician and the junior United States Senator from New Hampshire, serving since 2011. A member of the Republican Party, she is the second youngest of the 20 female Senators, and the twelfth-youngest overall.

Born in Nashua, New Hampshire, Ayotte is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and Villanova University School of Law. She worked as a law clerk for the New Hampshire Supreme Court before entering private practice. She also worked as a prosecutor for the New Hampshire Department of Justice, and briefly served as the legal counsel to New Hampshire Governor Craig Benson, before returning to the Department of Justice to serve as deputy attorney general of New Hampshire. In June 2004, Governor Benson appointed Ayotte as attorney general of New Hampshire, after the resignation of Peter Heed. She became New Hampshire’s first female attorney general, serving from 2004 to 2009, after she was twice reappointed by Democratic governor John Lynch. In July 2009, Ayotte resigned as attorney general to pursue a bid for the U.S. Senate, after three term incumbent Judd Gregg announced his retirement from the Senate.

In September 2010, Ayotte won a close victory over lawyer Ovide M. Lamontagne in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate. She then defeated Democratic congressman Paul Hodes, with 60% of the vote in the general election, and was later sworn into the U.S. Senate as a member of the 112th Congress, on January 3, 2011. Ayotte was mentioned as a possible running mate for Republican nominee Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. An August 2013 cover story by Newsmax magazine named Ayotte No. 1 among the 25 most influential women in the GOP, calling her “an emerging force in Congress.”