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Supreme Court Justices

On Facebook on February 14, US Senator Elizabeth Warren demolished the arguments of Wall Street/Big Oil Senator Mitch McConnell that President Obama should wait for the next president to fill Antonin Scalia’s vacate seat.

Warren wrote,

“The sudden death of Justice Scalia creates an immediate vacancy on the most important court in the United States.

Senator McConnell is right that the American people should have a voice in the selection of the next Supreme Court justice. In fact, they did — when President Obama won the 2012 election by five million votes.

Article II Section 2 of the Constitution says the President of the United States nominates justices to the Supreme Court, with the advice and consent of the Senate. I can’t find a clause that says “…except when there’s a year left in the term of a Democratic President.”

Senate Republicans took an oath just like Senate Democrats did. Abandoning the duties they swore to uphold would threaten both the Constitution and our democracy itself. It would also prove that all the Republican talk about loving the Constitution is just that — empty talk.”

McConnell, by the way, voted to confirm a Supreme Court nominee, Anthony Kennedy on February 3 1987, during the last year of the reign of President Ronald Reagan, making McConnell nothing more than a blathering, ideological, Big Oil, hypocrite.

We can also understand something about this process, thanks to McConnell. Political ideology and political connections, such as those that Scalia had with the Koch Brothers, are a significant, and perhaps, only factor, when it comes to selecting a Supreme Court nominee by McConnell.

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