Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s body was not even cold yet before Republican officials and candidates for president took the airwaves to announce they would block any effort by President Obama to name his replacement before the November elections.
Scalia, 79, was found dead in Texas Saturday afternoon, dying of what appeared to be a heart attack.
Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement that the president should allow the American people to decide the next justice and wait until after the election.
Ted Cruz wrote on Twitter that Scalia was a hero and that “we owe it to him” to wait until after the election to name his replacement.Pundits dared the congress to run the clock on Obama’s term not allowing him to get a nomination. Believing their party has shot in hell of winning the presidency and nominating someone as hateful and bigoted as Scalia to replace him.
Obama, on the other hand, was having none of it and said he planned to nominate someone and suggested that congress do its job and confirm them.
“I plan to fulfill my constitutional responsibilities to nominate a successor in due time,” added Obama. “There will be plenty of time for me to do so and for the Senate to fulfill its responsibility to give that person a fair hearing and a timely vote. These are responsibilities that I take seriously, as should everyone. They’re bigger than any one party. They are about our democracy. They’re about the institution to which Justice Scalia dedicated his professional life, and making sure it continues to function as the beacon of justice that our founders envisioned.”
Republicans are afraid of the balance shift a liberal justice would bring to the court and demolish their chances of oveturning cases such as Roe v Wade and reversing the decision on same-sex marriage. Both were longshots as it was, but will be impossible once they lose majority control of the court.