Antonin Scalia is gone. The nastiest and noisiest of right wingers on the Supreme Court is dead.
But in a blatantly partisan ploy to prevent President Barack Obama from nominating a successor to Scalia, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has cited a brand new historical precedent dictating that presidents in the last year of their term don’t name new justices to the high court.
“Therefore,” McConnell babbled, “this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.”
What a silly old squirrel McConnell is. Article II of the U.S. Constitution plainly states that the president, with the “advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, [and] judges of the Supreme Court.”
Note that the Constitution says the president “shall” do this — as a duty to the nation.