When Antonin Scalia passed away yesterday at the age of 79, it threw the United States Supreme Court into chaos. Scalia has long been the rib-rocked conservative on the Court, and many times was the reason the Court looked like it was turning right. His passing will be felt for many generations to come.
And with that, today I would profess to put into prospective what it means to have Scalia no longer on the bench. First and foremost, we all felt that the next president would have possibly four Supreme Court appointments to make. While this is an inordinate number for any one man to make, Obama is going to get at least three with this passing. And he’s not afraid to load the court with socialists as his two previous nominees have proven. He has already said that since Scalia died on his watch, he intends to nominate his successor. He certainly has the right to do that. But the US Senate has a right as well, and would be well served to grow a pair and stand up to the president for once.
Mitch McConnell wanted us to believe that taking control of the Senate was going to be a good thing for the Republican Party. So far, he hasn’t shown it. If he really wants to prove his statement true, now is the time to be the statesman he so urgently desires to be. McConnell should boycott any appointment to the Court that is not as rock-ribbed conservative as Scalia was. Obama can certainly appoint someone to the Court, but it takes Senate confirmation to seat them. And if McConnell was wise, he would do everything in his power to make sure to extend that confirmation past January 20, 2017.
That is going to mean doing some dancing, but I believe that should and could be done relatively easy. And unless the person is a conservative, as Scalia was, he or she should be denied. The Republicans have the votes to deny confirmation without any Democrats’ help, and they should use it. Let’s call it the Obamacare payback!
If Obama is allowed to nominate another socialist to the Court, it becomes a 5-4 liberal court (or 6-3 if Roberts continues his waffling). This is not in any way, nor should it be, acceptable to any true conservative. As the Democrats fight to maintain their Roe v. Wade victory, the Republicans need to fight to maintain their control of the Court. Only a conservative will do that. And the GOP can take two months for each name sent up to the Hill for nomination. That means your first nomination hearing is in April. Your second is in June, and your third is in September (August is a recess month). By denying three Supreme Court nominees, you deny Obama anything until after the election, and certainly after the current term Supreme Court term is over at the end of June.
This will also mean something else needs to be done. The Senate needs to stay in session throughout the year to prevent a recess appointment. It has been found by the Court that Obama cannot make such appointments when the Senate opens for business, looks around at an empty chamber and then closes, so that is what they need to do. The only question is can McConnell muster the balls to do it? Only time will tell!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!