Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., participates in a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, where he and fellow GOP members of the committee voiced their opposition to President Barack Obama’s plan to close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

John McCain, This is Why The Base Hates the GOP

While I appreciate John McCain’s suggestion that the GOP would block all of Hillary Clinton’s nominees to the Supreme Court, you and I both know that this will never happen.

The GOP is more unpopular with its base than it is with pretty much any other group. And the main reason is not, as some say, that outside conservative interest groups built up unreasonable expectations, but because the GOP itself promised unreasonable expectations. It was not Heritage Action for America that promised to defund Obamacare; it was House and Senate Republicans. It was not Club for Growth that promised to block the President’s immigration plans; it was House and Senate Republicans. It was not the Senate Conservatives Fund that promised to rein in the debt and spending; it was House and Senate Republicans.

Now Republicans in Washington are angry with outside conservative groups for having the audacity to hold them to their word.

Here again comes John McCain to tell voters that the GOP may never ever vote for a Clinton Supreme Court pick.

McCain promised that Republicans would be “united against any Supreme Court nominee” put forth by Clinton.

“I promise you that we will be united against any Supreme Court nominee that Hillary Clinton, if she were president, would put up,” McCain said. “I promise you….”

I do not believe it and neither should you. But the same people who believe Donald Trump will build a great big wall and have Mexico pay for it will probably believe John McCain on this.

And when it does not happen, what do you think will be the reaction of those who believed him?

If Republicans in Washington are upset at people holding them to unreasonable expectations, perhaps they should stop making these sorts of promises.

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Erick Erickson

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