Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski unexpectedly lobbed major curveball into Dems plans to block President Trump from filling Justice Ginsburg’s seat.
Though she and Sen. Susan Collins initially said they would vote against confirming the president’s nominee, she backtracked slightly while speaking to Alaska Public Media.
ALASKA PUBLIC MEDIA: Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she can’t rule out voting for Trump’s SCOTUS nominee
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) September 23, 2020
She went from a solid “NO,” to a “well, who knows” pretty darn quick.
“I know everybody wants to ask the question, ‘will you confirm the nominee?’ We don’t have a nominee yet. You and I don’t know who that is. And so I can’t confirm whether or not I can confirm a nominee when I don’t know who the nominee is,” she said.
In other words, she’s left open the possibility that she may vote for the president’s nominee. It’s still unlikely, particularly given how she voted during the Kavanaugh debacle two years ago, but it’s better than a resounding “no.”
Though tellingly, it’s also a complete contradiction to what she’d said days earlier.
Just prior to Ginsburg’s highly politicized death last Friday, Murkowski told Alaska Public Media, “I would not vote to confirm a Supreme Court nominee. We are 50 some days away from an election.”
As for a reason why, she pointed to the alleged precedent set by Senate Majority Mitch McConnell in 2016 when he refused to allow for a vote on then-President Barack Hussein Obama’s replacement for Justice Antonin Scalia.
“That was too close to an election, and that the people needed to decide. That the closer you get to an election, that argument becomes even more important,” she said in what she thought was a rehashing of McConnell’s argument.
This woman just flip flops back and forth – which is further proof of what a useless Senator she is.
We need to elect fearless leaders, people who are not held hostage by their own stupid virtues.
The people of Alaska elected Murkowski to represent them, but every stupid decision she makes is based on some “personal” feeling she has.
That’s not representing your people – it’s representing yourself and nobody elected her to do that.
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