Roughly Speaking: Police and protests, Monday's debate, and 'Drunk History'

Patrick J. Toomey

Americans want a hearing

Apparently concerned that some people might not find them unreasonable enough, Senate Republican leaders doubled down this week on their refusal to even consider a Supreme Court nominee from President Barack Obama no matter what. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and others said there wouldn't be a courtesy meeting, let alone confirmation hearings — a remarkable level of incivility even for sitting U.S. senators.

Their apparent assumption is that their core political supporters on the far right would be so upset if senators were to simply question any Obama nominee to replace the late Antonin Scalia, let alone hold an up or down vote, that it would cost them dearly....