“I believe strongly that the people of New Hampshire must have a say in this extraordinarily important debate. With so much on the line for the future of our country, the Senate should not proceed with a confirmation process until the American people have spoken by electing a new president in November.”
And what does now US District Court Judge, thanks to Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Wilhelmina Marie Wright hold on the Right to Personal Property? Right out of the Critical Race Theory (that EVERYTHING, knowable and unknowable, always proves racism):
The practice of American racism is based on two principles: the sanctity of property and the belief in the hierarchy of races. The first of these principles is firmly protected by the words and action of the Constitution; the second is proscribed by the words of the instrument, but not by its effect. History shows that when these two principles are juxtaposed (which happens constantly), property rights are given absolute priority.
…And why would Kelly Ayotte give her consent if so?
Who are the most likely republicans to defect? I’ve drawn up a short list of republicans who have developed relatively moderate reputations since 2010:
Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) was elected in 2010. Ayotte is up for re-election this year, but she’s running in the state of New Hampshire, which has been blue in presidential elections since 2000. That said, she overcame a contentious primary in 2010 against a Tea Party rival, and may be unwilling to risk another challenge.
Here we go: Seven Republican senators willing to meet with Obama’s SCOTUS nominee
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said she agreed to meet with Garland after the White House reached out, but said such a meeting will take place after the Senate returns from its two-week recess in April…
“I don’t see the majority leader changing his mind on this issue. He believes strongly that this should be a decision made by the next president. I don’t agree with that decision, but I respect it,” she said. “The irony, however, will be if the next president, whoever that may be, ends up nominating a person who is far more liberal than Judge Garland, who is considered to be a centrist.”
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) also told reporters that he would meet with Garland, saying, “I meet with people. That’s what I do.”…
Sens. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) each said Wednesday they were open to meeting with Garland.
Jim Inhofe and Thad Cochran are the other two
Seven – Sufficient numbers that if they throw in with the Senate Democrats, that will be sufficient to get Garland through the process.
You just KNOW that this will be the hole springing in the dike – one started, the leaks will keep on coming. Even McConnell who has made it clear that there will be no confirmation will have to eat his words and kowtow to his Senators. In doing so, we’ll see the Establishment stab the base in back.
And Garland HATES the Second Amendment. Will Kelly remember what happened the LAST time someone was deemed by the base to be wishy-washy on the Second Amendment ran for US Senate? Hmmm. Yeah, the small but INTENSE folks in that group worked really hard. How much more revolting will it be to them that will have two or three decades to be anti-2nd AND with no hope of holding accountable?
So, what’s at stake and how will the base perceive her? She certainly is at risk:
Two other GOP-held seats are regarded as toss-ups. One is Marco Rubio’s old seat in Florida, and the other is Kelly Ayotte in New Hampshire. Ayotte will face off against the twice-elected Governor Maggie Hassan, probably the only Democrat who could mount a real challenge to Ayotte. Hassan has high approval ratings in the state. Polls to date consistently show a narrow lead for Ayotte.
Just as with the Jeanne Shaheen-Scott Brown matchup in 2014, this race will probably be close throughout with perhaps a small edge to the incumbent.
But only a small edge
And is she all that willing to tick off the base in hopes of gaining the middle? And one should start asking:
What does she stand for?
Certainly she has made it clear that her top priority is NOT the upholding of Republican Principles. Nay, it is the chimera of “working across the aisle, getting stuff done”. Getting stuff done is fine but what is important is WHAT is being done – and given the excoriation she’s given those that are willing to allow the Feds to shut down and standing up for Principle, one can surmise:
- She believes in overriding Big Federal Government (as opposed believing “hey, we got 50 other good ones at the ready” in State Governments)
- She is more concerned with the effect it has on her retaining her Senate seat than in defending those Principles
Yeah, that would be interesting if this “meet” turns into a roll call; it will not end well.
And again, Kelly will NEVER see this post!!