Mitch McConnell is at it again. His latest? Not waiting for the ink to dry on the news of Justice Scalia’s death before announcing that President Obama will not be allowed to appoint a new Supreme Court Justice.
McConnell’s reasoning goes something like this:
He believes that the American people should have a voice in the selection of the next Supreme Court Justice and so therefore, henceforth, and whatnot, the vacancy left by Justice Scalia’s death should NOT be filled until we have a new President.
And that makes ALL sorts of sense. Because somehow when we have a new President (in November, but not truly until February 2017) then we, the American people, the lowly little minions, will suddenly have a voice? I truly am not following the esteemed Senator’s logic. If logic would be what the above hogwash could be called.
I’m fairly certain that it is in the Constitution (that little piece of paper that the Republicans like to hide behind and get all warm and fuzzy about–as if Democrats don’t give a rat’s patootie about the founding of this country and the very reasons that it works so well as a democracy????? I digress.)–back to my point; I’m fairly certain it states in the Constitution that it is the President’s responsibility to nominate a replacement to the Supreme Court when a vacancy occurs. I would hazard a guess that the Constitution does not state that the sitting President should wait to nominate someone until after a future election. (In this case, a full year from now until the new President would be able to simply begin acting out the duties of the office.)
Two plus two is not five Senator McConnell. And I would appreciate it greatly if you would stop trying to get us lowly little minions to believe that it does.
But then there is this little gem from 2005, uttered by none other than the esteemed Senator from Kentucky (no, not the one with the gorgeous hair–the other one):
“. . The Constitution of the United States is at stake. Article II, Section 2 clearly provides that the President, and the President alone, nominates judges. The Senate is empowered to give advice and consent.”
Quote taken from an article regarding the use of filibustering nominees and the respect owed to a president’s nominees. (I tried to link to the reference, but as per usual, haven’t quite figured out how to do that seamlessly. Bear with me.)
So in essence, he was for it before he was against it. (Senator McConnell that is.)
You know what? Obstruct all you want. Play your little political games. Delay an up or down vote on whomever President Obama nominates.
But don’t, DO NOT, use us lowly little minions, the American people, as the scapegoat for your bloviating obstructionism. DO NOT insult our intelligence by suggesting that we would like to have the highest court in the land, for all intents and purposes, shut down because there might be a snowball’s chance in hell that we, the American people, might have a voice as to who ultimately gets appointed.
DO NOT intimate that we, the American people, want that 9th seat to sit vacant until a year from now.
AND…WHAT IN THE SAM HELL DO YOU THINK YOU KNOW ABOUT THE ELECTION THAT WOULD GUARANTEE A REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT MAKING THAT NOMINATION????
Planning on some shenanigans with electronic ballots? Purging of voter rolls? Lost ballots? Necessary recounts (looking at you Justice Scalia…may you rest in peace eternally thinking of your role in that)?
Senator McConnell, what have you up your sleeve regarding this election? Do you truly think that Donald J. Trump, the man with the everlasting bad hair day, will be elected President? (I’m going with the premise that he will get the Republican nomination. Humor me.)
Lord love a duck but the asininity burns.