Swatting down Republican vows not to approve ANY nominee President Obama puts forth, Obama today remembered the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia ... and vowed too nominate a successor. He says there is plenty of time for the Senate to give that nominee a fair hearing and an up or down vote.
Constutition-obsessed Republicans are, um, let's just go with against Obama fulfilling his constitutional duty.
Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell claims the American people should have a say in the next nominee (a whole year???), so thinks President Obama should refrain from naming anyone. McConnell and every other senator (minus three who were running for president) voted in 1988, Reagan's last year in office, to confirm Rehnquist as Chief Justice. How soon they forget.
Bernie Sanders issued the following statement:
Hillary Clinton's statement on the matter:
Speaking in Denver, Hillary added:
One man whose name seems to top the list of possible nominees is Sri Srinivasan. A moderate, he has worked for conservatives but argued against the Defense of Marriage Act. He was confirmed to his current position on the D.C. circuit in 2013 in a bipartisan manner—97-0—and is seen as a pick who would be hard for Republicans to resist for any reason other than “no.” He's definitely not an out-of-this-world Ruth Bader Ginsburg-type pick, though.
Meanwhile, Obama is keeping it classy:
Pres. Obama orders flags flown at half-staff in honor of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. pic.twitter.com/dHPDTusaoX— ABC News (@ABC) February 14, 2016