Sunday, April 10, 2016

Supreme Court insanity (unprecedented)

We'll need unyielding pressure to break Republican obstructionism going into the fall. It's exactly the kind of pressure that MoveOn used to force Republicans to back down and end the government shutdown in 2013.

Dear fellow MoveOn member,

Imagine what would happen if you didn't do your job … If you showed up at work but refused to do one of your most critical work responsibilities.

It's quite simple, right? You'd be fired.

In refusing to vote or even hold a hearing on President Obama’s nomination of Chief Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court, Republican senators aren’t doing their job, as it is clearly spelled out in Article II, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution.

And the GOP leadership has made clear that it won't budge—that is, unless and until Republicans think they’ll be fired by voters and lose control of the U.S. Senate in November.

MoveOn has swung into action with an impressive campaign, but they didn't budget for a Supreme Court fight this year and need your help to keep the campaign going. That's why I’m asking you to chip in now to MoveOn's campaign to make the GOP feel political pain for failing to do their job.

Click here to chip in $3 and help break the GOP blockade of the Supreme Court.

As I talked about in my recent video for MoveOn, this fight has huge implications. If the Senate confirms Judge Garland, progressives will have a 5-4 majority on the Supreme Court—for the first time in more than 40 years.

We could reverse Citizens United and remove the poison of big money from our democracy. We could reaffirm the right to abortion and stop states from shuttering clinics. We could protect the rights of countless Americans who currently have little or no power in a system where more and more power is going to those the very top.

And that's precisely why Republicans are refusing to do their job and allow a vote on Judge Garland.

Can you help fight back?

Yes, I'll pitch in $3 and help MoveOn’s campaign to stop Republican obstruction of Obama’s highly-qualified Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland.

MoveOn has already mobilized members to confront senators outside their home offices during the Senate recess in a national day of action. MoveOn organized a call with Senator Elizabeth Warren—and 14,000 MoveOn members and our allies signed up for the call to turbo-charge this fight. This week, MoveOn members and allies flooded the Senate with 20,000 calls—demanding a timely hearing and an up-or-down vote. 

Now, there are cracks appearing in the Republican wall of opposition. Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania—one of the most vulnerable Republicans up for re-election—has agreed to meet with Judge Garland.

With your help, MoveOn will continue to organize high-impact, creative, in-person and on-line actions and to use its organizational megaphone to call out this nonsense—until Republicans relent and do their jobs. That’s the kind of unyielding pressure we’ll need to break Republican obstructionism going into the fall. It's exactly the kind of pressure that MoveOn used to force Republicans to back down and end the government shutdown in 2013.

Will you chip in $3 to enable MoveOn to keep up the pressure and force the GOP to do their job again? So much hangs in the balance.

Click here to chip in now.

Thanks for all you do.

–Robert Reich

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