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Question #91477 posted on 07/08/2018 10:06 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

With Kennedy retiring and the way the republicans cave to Trump, what would happen if he nominated Roy Moore?



Dear you,

If President Trump nominated Roy Moore there would obviously be a media outrage, but would Moore's nomination be accepted? For Supreme Court Nominees to be approved, they need a simple majority vote in the Senate. The current make up of the Senate is 51 Republicans, 47 Democrats, and 2 Independents (both of whom are left leaning). If all the Republicans were to vote for the nominee it would be able to pass.

However, if even one Republican were to vote no the nomination wouldn't pass. I think the odds of all 51 Republican senators voting yes on Roy Moore, who is politically controversial and has been accused by many women of sexual harassment, is highly unlikely. Not only would at least 1 Republican Senator object on moral grounds, but backing Moore would be an unwise move politically. Midterm elections are coming up, and with stiff competition from Democrats in many traditionally Republic states, I doubt any senators running this term would support a Roy Moore nomination. So basically even if he were to be nominated, Roy Moore almost certainly wouldn't be accepted as a Supreme Court Justice. 



posted on 07/09/2018 10:12 a.m.
Hi Tipperary and Wonderer,

Just a quick note: The Vice President is able to break a tie, so really two Republicans would have to vote against (or not vote at all - it's being speculated that John McCain may not be able to make it to Washington for the vote while he's battling cancer) for the nominee to not be approved.

- Lady Doomfiyah