Within hours of Scalia’s passing, a battle broke out regarding his replacement. Republican leaders are calling against a nomination until the next administration (though if Obama were to nominate anyone, Republicans in the Senate would block it anyway).
Harry Reid is urging Obama to make a nomination “right away,” stating “With so many important issues pending before the Supreme Court, the Senate has a responsibility to fill vacancies as soon as possible.”
So are Republicans being unreasonable here? Only once in the past 100 years did a President attempt to nominate a Supreme Court justice in an election year (which the senate rejected).
Maybe Reid wasn’t paying attention during the last administration, but there was an empty seat at the Supreme Court during the last year of George W. Bush’s presidency. As video obtained from the Gateway Pundit shows, Democrats then were arguing against a nomination in an election year.
Chuck Schumer stated then: “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. I will do everything in my power to prevent one more ideological ally from joining (Justices John) Roberts and (Samuel) Alito.”
Meanwhile, Schumer appeared on ABC’s “This Week” yesterday to blast Mitch McConnell for encouraging the Senate to not move forward with any nominees, stating that “kind of strategy isn’t going to last,” adding that “the American people don’t like obstruction.”
Look who’s talking.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]