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9.21.20

ICYMI: ‘A Profile In Compliance:’ News and Observer Editorial Slams Tillis For Blindly Rubber Stamping SCOTUS Nominee In Latest Effort To Salvage His Campaign

Today, the News and Observer editorial board slammed Sen. Thom Tillis’ craven announcement that he will support President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court without even knowing who the nominee will be even as North Carolinians are already heading to the polls to have their voices heard. 

Calling Tillis a “profile in compliance,” the News and Observer writes: North Carolina’s junior senator is clinging to Trump’s coattails in a desperate hope that his blind subservience to the president can get him re-elected to an office that is supposed to be about independent judgment and leadership.” 

Tillis’ cave to Washington Republicans — and reversal from his 2016 position on voting for a Supreme Court nominee — comes at a time when so many critical issues are at stake for North Carolinians, including the future of health care. Tillis has a long record of flip flopping on critical issues like funding for North Carolina military bases, but according to the News and Observer: “Tillis has now improbably managed to outdo his last spectacular flip-flop.” 

Over the weekend, Cal Cunningham released a statement on the SCOTUS vacancy: “North Carolinians are already voting and will continue to do so in the coming weeks. They deserve that opportunity to have their voices heard, and then, it should be up to the next President and next Senate to fill the vacancy on our Court.”

Read more about the “odd campaign strategy” of “a senator who will be a rubber stamp” below: 


News and Observer: With Supreme Court flip-flop, Sen. Tillis seeks to hold his seat by abdicating his job

Editorial Board – September 21, 2020 

  • Anything President Trump wants, Sen. Thom Tillis is willing to deliver. North Carolina’s junior senator is clinging to Trump’s coattails in a desperate hope that his blind subservience to the president can get him re-elected to an office that is supposed to be about independent judgment and leadership.
  • But the willingness of Republican senators to go along represents a towering act of hypocrisy. Republicans denied President Obama’s right to fill the seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia nearly nine months before the 2016 election on the grounds that a vacancy on the court should not be filled in an election year until the people have spoken at the polls.
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was the architect of that rule and Tillis agreed. Tillis said in a 2016 speech on the Senate floor: “The campaign is already underway. It is essential to the institution of the Senate and to the very health of our republic to not launch our nation into a partisan, divisive confirmation battle during the very same time the American people are casting their ballots to elect our next president.”
  • Now that is a profile in compliance. No only does Tillis endorse the Senate considering Trump’s nominee late in an election year, he’s committed to voting yes before the nominee is vetted or testifies.