The unexpected death of Justice Antonin Scalia has shaken up the Republican presidential primary. The absence of the champion of the constitution will greatly impact the court, especially since President Obama will attempt to nominate someone whose views directly conflict with Scalia’s.
But, the Republicans are speaking out against a lame duck appointment which would shift the balance of power on the court. It is the Senate’s responsibility to “advise and consent” on Supreme Court nominations. Mitch McConnell has stated the Senate will block an attempt by Obama to replace Scalia on the bench.
And Ted Cruz also stated that he will filibuster anyone Obama tries to appoint. This is good news in case McConnell gets spaghetti legs and caves to the Democrats once again. The junior Senator from Texas is no stranger to filibusters and he’s promising to do it again if warranted.
Democrats are already pushing back against the GOP’s attempt to prevent a poor justice being appointed to the Supreme Court. But, their past attempts to do the same are being remembered. In 2007, Senator Chuck Schumer said that he wouldn’t allow President George W. Bush to make an appointment in the final year of his term. Conveniently, the left seems to have forgotten that video of such statements exist. Schemer himself is calling McConnell an obstructionist for saying he will block an Obama appointment.
The entire GOP field of candidates weighed in on the death of Scalia. Not only is this a tragedy for our nation, but his family and friends feel a great loss as well.
Who do you think should appoint Scalia’s replacement? Do you think Mitch McConnell will cave to pressure? Please let us know.
H/T: Right Wing News