Justice Scalia Replacement Must Not Be Held Hostage To Presidential Election
It only took a few minutes following the announcement that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia had died before the partisanship from the Republicans started to be displayed.
Out of the gate was Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who stated the senate should not confirm a replacement until after the 2016 election. That is simply outrageous.
There is no way the Supreme Court should be held hostage to the whims of those who have consistently proven their number one goal is to stop the process of governing, and secondly to undermine and thwart the work of President Obama.
At a time when there is much to demonstrate as to why this nation is in no mood for the same-old political style of conducting business comes the desire from the GOP to stall the work for over a year of one branch of our government.
It is simply galling to hear the words of McConnell. Consider the nomination to confirmation for Clarence Thomas was 107 days. It is mind-numbing, then, to think the process to replace Scalia should last more than 400 days!
There is no logical way to proceed other than that stated by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. He has called on President Obama to make a nomination to the Supreme Court soon.
“The President can and should send the Senate a nominee right away. With so many important issues pending before the Supreme Court, the Senate has a responsibility to fill vacancies as soon as possible,” Reid said.
The people of this nation deserve to have their government work in a fashion that meets the needs of our time. Because Republicans wish to play their usual game with the levers of power does not mean they should be allowed to–and given the climate of outrage at Washington I strongly suspect they will not be allowed to do so.