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Life After Scalia

Antonin Scalia, Justice, Supreme Court, battle, death, Common Sense

President Reagan appointed Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to the nation’s highest court in 1986. Scalia served for 29 years before passing away over the weekend at age 79. May he rest in peace.

None of the rest of us will get any.

Why? An often conservative 5-4 majority is gone. The court is now tied, deadlocked, at 4-4.

“With the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia, President Barack Obama will make another nomination to the Supreme Court,” explained an email from the very liberal Democracy for America (I’m on a lot of lists). “It is critically important that President Obama choose a strongly progressive person who can lead the Supreme Court and our country in a new direction.”

That’s Obama’s prerogative, of course. But the president’s nominee must be approved by the United States Senate — controlled 54 to 46 by Republicans.

And guess what?

Almost as fast, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued this statement: “The American people‎ should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new President.”

Now, our Democratic president could negotiate with the Republican Senate majority, come up with a consensus (yeah, right) or compromise choice (watch out).

But don’t hold your breath.

You may also want to plug your ears. There will be shouting. The media will overwhelmingly take Obama’s side — surprise, surprise— and berate Republicans for obstructing.

Republican Senators have a constitutional duty to provide advice and consent to the president’s pick. Unless Mr. Obama’s choice will improve the High Court, those senators should withhold their consent.

This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.

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  1. Paul Bartomioli says:

    I am most worried about Senate Republican leadership. What a joke. I trust McConnell about as far as I can throw the Capitol building. The biggest threat to liberty at this point is not in the White House. It is in the Senate of United States of America. God help us all.

  2. Pat says:

    Early in his first term, Richard Nixon tried to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court but was rejected twice by Senate Democrats. We ended up with Harry Blackmun. I don’t like McConnell’s statement that no vote will be taken. However, Republicans should not be reluctant to reject a nominee they find objectionable. This isn’t a Cabinet appointment. The president doesn’t always get his way. Republicans have had to learn that lesson. It’s time for Democrats to do the same.

  3. Brian Wright says:

    All I can say is it was pretty convenient for ‘Intelligence’ to remove one more substantial obstacle to complete full-spectrum tyranny. Not even an autopsy: My my. But I know the government or secret agencies would never assassinate a federal judge.

  4. Richard says:

    This is beginning to look like a John Grisham novel.

    Either of these two will be nominated by the President:  Either Van Jones or Al Sharpton.  He has nothing to lose now with the chance of confirmation being ZERO.  Why not have a little fun?

  5. Gramma says:

    McConnell has shown many times that his words are worthless. The two liberal women O nominated were voted up by the R’s, so what will be different this time?

  6. 2WarAbnVet says:

    Remember –
    “We should not confirm any Bush nominee to the Supreme Court except in extraordinary circumstances. They must prove by actions not words that they are in the mainstream rather than we have to prove that they are not . . .
    This is just a prologue considering the constitutional harm and dramatic departures that are in store if those few are joined by one more ideological ally. We have to, in my judgment, stick by the precepts that I’ve elaborated. I will do everything in my power to prevent one more ideological ally from joining Roberts and Alito on the court”. – Chuckie Schumer

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