Mitch McConnell is already saying that “the American people” should have a voice in the selection of the next justice and therefore the replacement should be postponed until after the election.
Told ya so. SO IRONIC! Remember Mitch McConnell in 2005?
“…the Republican conference intends to restore the principle that, regardless of party, any President’s judicial nominees, after full debate, deserve a simple up-or-down vote.”
Meanwhile, President Obama has 340 days left in office — nearly an entire year. The longest confirmation for any current Supreme Court justice was 106 days. I’d say there’s plenty of time to go through this process.
Suck it, Republicans.
Condolences to Justice Scalia’s family. He leaves a wife and nine children.
And a lovely hole on the Supreme Court just as cases on abortion, immigration, affirmative action and voting rights are about to be heard. Oh, my.
I will bet that Republicans are going to try cook up some kind of “strict constructionist” poppycock to explain why President Obama can’t nominate a new justice right now.
I remember (and have documented) all the times during the Bush Administration that Republicans told Democrats to just shut up and rubber-stamp W’s nominee. There were all the Justice Sunday events to fire up the evangelical activists; there were all the conservative writers who claimed that Bush should get whatever he wants because of “referendum”; and then, hilariously, there was Bill Frist repeating, ad nauseum, that “the president’s nominees deserve an up or down vote!”
That last bit was especially funny because a few years later, Frist’s disgraced staffer Manuel Miranda penned a letter urging Republicans to filibuster Sonia Sotomayor. Oh, the irony.
Republicans have enjoyed a majority on the Supreme Court for over four decades (at least, that’s according to some Yale legal expert on the news right now). I don’t for a second think Republicans aren’t going to try to pull some trick to keep Obama from changing that.
We live in interesting times, indeed.