Here’s a bit of good news, we’ll see if it lasts.
Regardless, the gauntlet has been thrown down (emphasis in bold is mine):
Key Republican senators on the Judiciary Committee emerged from a closed door meeting in Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office Tuesday united in their determination not to consider any nominee to replace Antonin Scalia until the next president takes office…
“We believe the American people need to decide who is going to make this appointment rather than a lame duck president,” said Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TN).
When asked if they would start the process after the new president took office or if they would consider doing it in the lame duck session, Cornyn replied “No, after the next president is selected. That way the American people have a voice in the process.”
This is right on the money. I posted last week that this needs to become a campaign issue. Let the presidential nominees and every Republican senator up for reelection fight it out on the campaign trail. Let them point out that if Obama gets to replace Scalia the first amendment (Citizens United v. FEC) and the second amendment (Heller v. District of Columbia) are in MORTAL danger, because THEY WOULD BE.
The reason the why leftists don’t want to make this a campaign issue is simple. Existential threats to the Bill of Rights is a losing issue, even with Democrats.
The GOP needs to be smart in framing the debate in these terms, not only because it’s the truth, but because in doing so they can’t lose. (the only problem with this plan is if any group are masters of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory…it’s Republicans)
Leftist at TPM and Daily Kos are sniveling in the comments that the Senate is refusing to do it’s job. As if all Senators ever do is sit around and rubber stamp Obama’s constitution-shredding judicial activist nominees. They have other things to do, checking and balancing the tyrannical cancer in the executive branch from spreading to the judicial branch by not holding hearings for leftist nominees is definitely on that list.
If Obama had a mandate to destroy the judicial branch the nation would’ve left the keys to the Senate in Harry Reid’s hands in 2014. They didn’t. By not giving a leftist president whatever he wants the Republican Senate is doing precisely what they were elected to do.
The question now is whether they’ll have the GOP members of the Senate Judiciary committee will balls to stick with the plan.