various Republicans saying that the next SCOTUS nominee will be extraordinary
On the conservative side of the party, Mr. Brownback and Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, another member of the Judiciary Committee, devoted much of their time for questioning Judge Roberts to delivering messages to the White House about the importance of overturning precedents supporting abortion rights.
In an interview last week, Mr. Brownback said he would vote against a nominee who was not "solid and known" on cultural issues like abortion, same-sex marriage and religion in public life. "If the president doesn't nominate a solid nominee, that is going counter to what he campaigned on," Mr. Brownback said. And if such a nominee "involves a contentious battle, then let it be." "I think you are going to see a contentious battle regardless of who is nominated," he added, "even if it is Judge Roberts's twin brother."
I hope Brownback fights for such a nominee, because the Senate would not let that nominee out of committee. Which is perfectly fair. The Senate would look at the nominee, determine him (or her) to be unacceptable, and ask for another.
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