- Hits: 1339
The SCOTUS Circus
Let's see how the Republicans in the Senate turn the death of Justice Scalia into a political circus.
Article II, Section 2, Clause 2 [The President] shall nominate, and, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint ... Judges of the supreme Court...
We already hear McConnell’s vow to refuse to do his job and accept any nomination from Obama. Candidates on the right are trying to make the argument that the next president should choose the person to fill Scalia's shoes.
The Constitution makes it very clear that it is the sitting president, not a future president who must do this. The language itself uses the word "shall", which in legal terms is mandatory language. This is a constitutional obligation of the current president and Senate, whether or not the Republicans like that fact.
I know...sometimes they are fact-challenged.
But I submit to McConnell and his fellow obstructionists a few points to ponder.
Is it any wonder Obama finds himself going it alone (executive action) when those on the right have at once, declared to obstruct him at every turn and then demand he work with Congress.
Is this a game of Russian roulette they really want to play? What if Bernie wins and the GOP loses control of the Senate...it's possible. Whose appointee would be more liberal, Obama's or Bernie’s?
We all know Obama is pretty conservative compared to Bernie. Take the appointment offered unless you prefer to risk a Bernie Sanders justice !! Personally, I'd like to see Bernie put a man on the court!
Show America you can do your job without political motivation...at least this once.