17 February 2016

Senate shenanigans

Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) is on record as saying that the next President of the United States - the one we'll elect in November - should nominate the next Supreme Court Justice to replace Justice Scalia after his sudden death last weekend.  

Here's the quote, from Politico

“The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.”
A couple of things here.  First, the job of the President, as explicitly outlined in the US Constitution, is to nominate a Supreme Court justice. The Senate's job, as explicitly outlined in the US Constitution, is to vote on them. (I mention the explicit thing because the deceased Justice Scalia loved nothing more than to say that the US Constitution was a dead document that should be taken at face value and not interpreted for current exigencies.)  

Senator McConnell made this statement an hour after the justice's death was confirmed - when people like Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Bernie Sanders (D-VT) were offering condolences to the family of the recently departed - which is a dick move, but that's besides the point. 

The point is that the American people do have a voice now.  Senator McConnell might not like it, but we - the American people - voted for the current president. Twice. And he still has over ten months left in office.  

And another way that Americans - FAR more Americans, as it turns out - have a voice, is by for whom they voted in the last election.  And overwhelmingly, more of us - the voice-ful American people - voted for Democratic members of the US Senate than for Republican members of the US Senate. And when I say "overwhelmingly" that's not hyperbole: it's over 24 million more votes. 

That's about the entire population of Ghana, or Australia, or to put it in terms perhaps more comfortable to the GOP Senate, that's more than the entire populations of: Tennessee, South Carolina, Arkansas, Louisiana and Alabama combined. 

Not voting age populations of those particular traitor states, but their entire total population.  

That's staggering. 24 million more Americans voted for current Democratic Senators than Republicans. 

And I can hear some people saying, "Well, that's California and New York, so what do you expect?" Like California and New York don't count, but whatever, okay - delete California and New York vote totals and it's still FOUR MILLION MORE.  That's more than Oklahoma! 

So who the hell are these "American people" that Senator McConnell wants to hear from?  And is he sure? I don't know, but Senator, you might want to be careful what you wish for. 

(Raw data below the jump.)

Data aggregated from: Ballotpedia

State Name   Vote Total
Wisconsin Baldwin D 1,544,274
Colorado Bennett D 851,590
Connecticut Blumenthal D 435,029
New Jersey Booker D 1,043,866
California Boxer D 5,218,441
Ohio Brown D 2,762,690
Washington Cantwell D 1,855,493
Maryland Cardin D 1,474,028
Delaware Carper D 252,892
Pennsylvania Casey D 3,021,364
Delaware Coons D 130,655
Indiana Donnelly D 1,281,181
Illinois Durban D 1,929,637
California Feinstein D 7,864,624
Minnesota Franken D 1,053,205
New York Gillibrand D 4,808,878
New Mexico Heinrich D 395,717
North Dakota Heitkamp D 161,337
Hawai'i Hirono D 269,489
Virginia Kaine D 2,010,067
Minnesota Klobuchar D 1,854,595
Vermont Leahy D 151,281
West Virginia Manchin D 391,669
Massachusetts Markey D 1,289,944
Missouri McCaskill D 1,494,125
New Jersey Menendez D 1,987,680
Oregon Merkley D 814,537
Maryland Mikulski D 1,140,531
Connecticut Murphy D 830,221
Washington Murray D 1,314,930
Florida Nelson D 4,523,451
Michigan  Peters D 1,704,936
Rhode Island Reed D 223,675
Nevada Reid D 362,785
Hawai'i Schatz D 246,770
New York Schumer D 3,047,880
New Hampshire Shaheen D 251,184
Michigan Stabenow D 2,735,826
Montana Tester D 236,123
Pennsylvania Toomey D 2,028,945
New Mexico Udall D 286,409
Virginia Warner D 1,073,667
Massachusetts Warren D 1,696,346
Rhode Island Whitehouse D 271,034
Oregon Wyden D 825,507
total for all Democrats:    69,148,508
Maine King I 370,580
Vermont Sanders I 207,848
total for all Independents:      578,428
State Name   Vote Total
Tennessee Alexander R 849,629
New Hampshire Ayotte R 273,218
Wyoming Barasso R 185,250
Missouri Blunt R 1,054,160
Arkansas Boozman R 451,618
North Carolina Burr R 1,458,046
Louisiana  Cassidy R 712,379
Indiana Coats R 952,116
Mississippi Cochran R 378,481
Maine Collins R 413,505
Tennessee Corker R 1,506,443
Texas Cornyn R 2,860,678
Arkansas Cotton R 478,819
Idaho Crapo R 319,953
Texas Cruz R 4,440,137
Montana Daines R 213,709
Wyoming Enzi R 121,554
Iowa Ernst R 588,575
Nebraska Fisher R 455,593
Arizona Flake R 1,104,457
Colorado Gardner R 983,891
South Carolina Graham R 672,941
Iowa Grassley R 718,215
Utah Hatch R 657,608
Nevada Heller R 457,656
North Dakota Hoeven R 181,689
Oklahoma Imhofe R 558,166
Georgia Isakson R 1,489,904
Illinois Kirk R 1,778,698
Oklahoma Lankford R 557,002
Utah Lee R 360,403
Arizona McCain R 1,005,615
Kentucky McConnell R 806,787
West Virginia Moore Capito R 280,400
Kansas  Moran R 587,175
Alaska Murkowski R 101,091
Kentucky Paul R 755,706
Georgia Perdue R 1,358,088
Ohio Portman R 2,168,742
Idaho Risch R 285,596
Kansas  Roberts R 460,350
South Dakota Rounds R 140,741
Florida Rubio R 2,645,743
Nebraska Sasse R 347,636
South Carolina Scott R 757,215
Alabama Sessions R 795,606
Alabama Shelby R 968,181
Alaska Sullivan R 135,445
South Dakota Thune R 227,947
North Carolina Tillis R 1,423,259
Louisiana  Vitter R 715,415
Mississippi Wicker R 709,626
Wisconsin Johnson R 1,125,999
total for all Republicans:     45,036,856

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