By now it’s no secret that Senate Republicans are planning to ignore our Constitution by refusing to hold hearings on any Supreme Court nomination that President Obama might pick to replace the late Antonin Scalia. Even though the Constitution clearly states that it’s their job to consider anyone the president might pick, they’re simply refusing to do this. Their excuse being that it’s “unprecedented” to confirm Supreme Court appointments in the last year of a presidency.
Except, it’s not. In fact, in 1988, during Ronald Reagan’s final year in office, Justice Anthony Kennedy was confirmed in a Senate that was controlled by Democrats. So, not only is it not in the Constitution that a president shouldn’t replace a Supreme Court Justice in their final year, but there’s not even a real precedent set for not allowing a president to do it.
And you know this posturing is rather ridiculous when even Fox News is publicly calling out Senate Republicans for their blatant obstruction. Which is what happened during an interview Fox News’ Martha MacCallum conducted with Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT).
“The president has laid out I think what anyone would say is a very fair set of circumstances for nominating someone, so why not give this person hearing?” MacCallum asked.
Lee then responded by parroting the same “lame duck” nonsense that’s been soundly debunked by basically every credible fact checker in the country, insisting that the American people should elect the next president who they want to replace Scalia on the bench.
“We also elected the senators who are currently in office, and we expect them both, on both sides to do their job. The president’s job is to name a nominee, your job is to give that person a hearing and either appoint or not,” she replied. “So why not go through the process? Why do you get to decide that?”
“Now you’re also absolutely right, the president has the right to nominate,” Lee stated. “That is his prerogative. It’s also the Senate’s right to decide when, whether, how, to what extent, to confirm someone.”
Yes, because when the Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution they absolutely meant for the Senate to refuse to do their job in the name of petty partisan politics.
After repeating the debunked lie that it’s “tradition” not to confirm Supreme Court nominees during the final year of a presidency, MacCallum hit Lee on his blatant hypocrisy.
“I don’t think that gets around the basic requirement to do the job, to go through the process, and if you all decide that you don’t want to give consent to that person, well that’s absolutely your right,” MacCallum said. “And just given your background and being such an adherent to the Constitution, it seems somewhat surprising I think to some people to take that attitude.”
And she’s exactly right. Mike Lee is a tea party Republican who fancies himself as someone who supposedly follows a strict interpretation of the Constitution. Except, now he and his fellow Republicans want to cite some fabricated “rule” that is in direct conflict with the duties clearly outlined in the Constitution.
It’s hypocrisy at its finest. These so-called “Constitutional Republicans” are ignoring the Constitution to blatantly obstruct the President of the United States from doing his job. A job that is clearly outlined in our Constitution which was written by our Founding Fathers.
This is easily one of the most ridiculous things to which I’ve ever been a witness. I sincerely hope Republicans pay dearly for it in November. This needs to be a wakeup call to show up on election day to make damn sure we retake the majority back in the Senate and keep the White House. Then all of this ridiculous, childish nonsense will have been for nothing.
Watch the video below via Fox News: