Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead at a luxury Texas ranch yesterday. On his Facebook page, Mitch McConnell said the following:
The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new President.
Never mind that, as one of the commenters pointed out, the American people already have a voice by electing Obama.
There’s really not much to say here. This is Republican obstructionism. The decision to block any Obama nominee before a nominee is even put forward is a perfect example of the lengths the GOP is willing to go through to make sure Obama’s Presidency is stagnant.
Of course, McConnell will have to consider that Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders might be President, and that they’re far more likely to push a progressive nominee than Obama. Donald Trump might be President, so McConnell will have to consider that he might nominate Ivanka.
The only chance Obama has of getting a selection through—his constitutional duty, but Republicans are CINOs (constitutionalists in name only)—even a moderate selection, is if Republicans acknowledge a few months from now that their chances of retaking the White House aren’t likely, and that an Obama replacement is likely the best deal they’re going to get.