Since the earliest moments when Barack Obama - he of the darker skin - entered the Oval Office, the bottom feeders of the Republican Party have denied that he was elected by The People. Nearly two terms later, they're still at it with Sen. Mitch McConnell providing the hapless face of his political class.
Never has that been more evident than their hollowed-out opposition to a replacement in the President's final year in office. The orchestrated off-key reaction to Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court the morning after Tuesday's round of primaries revived the notion that Obama somehow mythically botched the U.S Constitution by stealing into the office when the voters weren't looking.
With McConnell leading the choir, his senators chanted that the next court appointment should come from The People,. a majority of whom have already spoken in favor of appointment this year. In his own humorless way, the Senate leader continues to be staring at the shadowy walls of Plato's cave.
Crouching forward as the Republican National Committee Chairman, Reince Priebus mumbled that Obama was doing a "disservice" to the voters by trying to upstage the next president. Priebus, who seldom makes sense in his responses to easy questions, accused Obama of attempting to "tip the balance of the court with a liberal justice in the eleventh hour of his presidency" .
And Ohio Sen . Rob Portman, who insists he's a "commonsense " conservative, opposed an appointment his year - a year in which his own job will be severely tested by former Ohio Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland. "I believe the best thing for the country is to trust the American people and allow them to weigh in on the issue". "Weighing in", of course, is something Portman, whose greatest strength is piloting the Koch brothers ship in Ohio, is rarely inclined to do.
Folks, these bottom feeders are not only intellectually corrupt but rather just plain politically stupid. And they wonder how Donald Trump has gotten this far!