Ever since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, Barack Obama has vowed to fill his seat as soon as he possibly can, which means that the courts would undoubtedly tilt to the left. There’s been a lot of back and forth arguing over the issue, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell just made a major announcement, and he cited the Constitution while doing so.
You’re wondering what’s going to happen, so let’s get straight to the point – there’s no way in hell anybody Obama nominates is getting confirmed by this Senate, McConnell says. Sound too good to be true? Well as of now, it isn’t.
Here’s more on what’s happening, according to TheBlaze:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that his party won’t permit a vote on any Supreme Court nominee submitted by President Barack Obama and will instead “revisit the matter” after the presidential election in November.
The Kentucky Republican acknowledged that Obama is within his rights to nominate a replacement for the late Justice Antonin Scalia but said Republicans controlling the Senate would exercise their rights.
“Presidents have a right to nominate just as the Senate has its constitutional right to provide or withhold consent,” McConnell said in a speech on the Senate floor. “In this case, the Senate will withhold it.”
McConnell quoted a 1992 Senate speech by Vice President Joe Biden, then-chairman of the Judiciary Committee and a Delaware senator, in which Biden said that in a presidential election year the Senate should “not consider holding hearings until after the election. Instead, it would be our pragmatic conclusion that once the political season is under way, and it is, action on a Supreme Court nomination must be put off until after the election campaign is over.”
In response, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) accused McConnell of taking his cues from Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. On the day of Scalia’s death, Trump told a debate audience that the Senate should “delay, delay, delay.”
Ouch. That’s an inconvenient truth for Biden, but it surely means that any opposition to McConnell’s decision can be quickly squashed.
Now all we have to do is hope that he and the rest of the GOP stick to their guns on the issue, since as we all know, the future of our nation absolutely depends on it.