Biden “Quietly” Trying To Convince Republican Leaders To Back His Supreme Court Plan

( While he doesn’t necessarily have to, President Joe Biden is working behind the scenes to drum up support for his potential Supreme Court nominees.

Politico reports that the president is proceeding down this path with a lot of caution, as he’s wary that he could set up expectations that could ultimately result in failure.

Not many people expect fury or an ugly battle over Biden’s selection to replace liberal Justice Stephen Breyer, who will retire once his replacement has been confirmed. That being said, Biden is still trying to rally support from various Republicans in the Senate so that there isn’t a lot of attention brought to the process.

Some of the aides in the White House have recently responded to criticism some Republicans have thrown around over Biden’s announcement that his replacement pick will be a Black woman, according to Politico.

The news outlet reported that most of these meetings thus far have happened between staffers and have all been held behind closed doors. Many Democrats who are close to and familiar with the process believe this is a deliberate strategy on the part of the White House to try to avoid raising expectations artificially about an upcoming broad acceptance of the nominee from both Republicans and Democrats.

These same people believe that Biden is taking this route to avoid being criticized for not trying to communicate with Republicans before moving forward with his selection. After all, Biden technically doesn’t need any GOP support, as Supreme Court nominees only need a simple majority to be confirmed.

That being said, many Democrats in the Senate are hoping that there does end up being broad support on a bipartisan basis for Biden’s nominee. They believe that this would end up showing the public that the Supreme Court isn’t as political as many people believe it is.

Connecticut Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal recently touched on this when he said:

“For the institution, it’s important because the Supreme Court has become so polarized that a bipartisan vote might well help to begin to restore some of the credibility it has lost. But, I don’t’ think that ought to be a decisive question to the president.”

In other words, it’s important that Democrats at least try to reach out to their Republican counterparts and get them on board. However, if they are unable to get that support, Biden and his team shouldn’t hold back on moving forward with the nominee he wants to go with.

Part of the caution Biden is displaying in this process is evident by who he and his team have reached out to thus far. Some of the Republican senators who have been contacted are Lisa Murkowski, Mitt Romney and Susan Collins — all who have worked with the Biden administration directly in the past.

That being said, Biden himself has already met with Senator Chuck Grassley and spoke with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell about the topic of his Supreme Court nominee.