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How John McCain's Supreme Court obstructionism helps Hillary Clinton

How John McCain's Supreme Court obstructionism helps Hillary Clinton
Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain speaks with debate moderators prior to a debate with Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick on Oct. 10 in Phoenix. (Ross D. Franklin / Associated Press)

To the editor: My first reaction to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) stating he would try to block any U.S. Supreme Court nominee put forth by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was shock and horror. (“GOP obstructionism gone haywire: No new Supreme Court justices until the next Republican president?” editorial, Oct. 19)

Is he saying only Republicans get to nominate Supreme Court judges? Is he trying to rewrite the Constitution and destroy the integrity of the court? Is he trying to get Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump elected?

Then the penny dropped. Why would McCain, who clearly hates Trump, be working to elect him? No, this is a subtle pro-Clinton move on his part. He's reassuring the Republican base that it can elect Clinton and still preserve the Supreme Court for a future Republican president.

So (wink, wink) thank you, Sen. McCain, for joining us to elect Clinton. It's the responsible thing to do.

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Jeanne Nelson, Laguna Niguel

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To the editor: As a lifelong Republican, I am trying to hit the right keyboard keys while controlling my laughter over McCain saying the GOP will block any Clinton nominee.

McCain is running in Arizona for reelection to the U.S. Senate. After he made his statement, he surely looked over his shoulder, smiled and winked at Clinton.

The Republicans today play fight and roll over. I've seen it a hundred times. Worry not, nearly all of Clinton's nominees will be approved, but we have to suffer through a little theater before approval.

Carl McHenry, Yucaipa

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