So Scalia died. In an election year. Nominating new Supreme Court Justices is perhaps the most important role a President has and is vital to maintain a balance of power between the three branches of our government. This is middle school social studies stuff.
The current President has nearly a year left in office. No nomination has taken longer than 2 months in the last 40 years. So surely the President will be able to replace Scalia, right?
“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.” — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
Mitch, the American people did have a say. They elected a President to the role. He has a year left in office.
“Justice Scalia was an American hero. We owe it to him, & the Nation, for the Senate to ensure that the next President names his replacement.” -Senator Ted Cruz
Really Ted? You constantly repeat that you are a staunch defender of the Constitution. Have you even read it?
“[The President] shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court…”
—United States Constitution, II.2
So before the President even nominates anyone, the Republican leaders in the Senate are already shooting him down. Reprehensible politics.