Does it make a difference that senate republicans choose not to vote?

Politics Asked by fdkgfosfskjdlsjdlkfsf on December 9, 2020

It’s clear that the Senate will hold a vote for Trump’s nominee, so what would senate republicans like Susan M. Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska accomplish by saying that they would not vote to confirm a nominee? Are they expecting Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to backtrack on what he said yesterday?

Why don’t they just say that they’ll vote against the nomination? Is not wanting to vote a third alternative to the "Yes" on "No" vote?

One Answer

Yes, they’re hoping that McConnell will back down if he realizes he doesn’t have the votes. These senators are in a tricky position: going against Trump is very dangerous for a Republican, but they also want to avoid antagonizing moderate and swing voters (and they may also feel personally uncomfortable with ramming through a new justice). These more vague statements are meant to signal that they won’t vote to confirm in the hopes of derailing the nomination without actually having to go on the record against Trump.

Answered by divibisan on December 9, 2020

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