Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Antonin Scalia and the Phony GOP Devotion to the U.S. Constitution
Senator Rand Paul says it would be a conflict of interests if President Obama fulfilled his constitutional duties by nominating a Supreme.
In a Washington Post op-ed (pitiably titled "For the good of the country, stop your nakedly partisan obstruction), Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid protests that "Republicans should not insult the American people’s intelligence by pretending there is historical precedent for what they are about to do. There is not." Of course there isn't. As constitutional historian Timothy Huebner observes in an inevitably concurring NY Times op-ed, "in cases when [Supreme Court] vacancies have arisen during election years, the weight of history is clearly on the side of the president naming a successor and the Senate acting on that nomination."
Mitch McConnell Voted To Confirm A Supreme Court Justice In Reagan's Final Year
So did every single Republican senator.
On Feb. 3, 1988, McConnell and literally every other GOP senator voted to confirm Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. This was during President Ronald Reagan's last year in the White House, and at a time when Democrats controlled the Senate. Kennedy was confirmed 97-0, with three Democrats -- Joe Biden, Al Gore and Paul Simon -- not voting at all because, presumably, they were busy running for president that year.
All the bellowing by the T-GOP warning the POTUS that he should not even THINK of nominating a candidate to fill Scalia's spot is just more of the same obstruction and sabotaging that they've practiced since January 20, 2009. This is just one more disgusting example of their contempt for this president whom the American people voted for twice with the largest popular vote since President Eisenhower.
The American people's choice was to have Barack Hussein Obama as their president for a second term, which term would include the nomination of a Supreme Court justice, should one of the sitting justices die.
That just happened.
Scalia is dead, and now President Obama must fulfill his constitutional duties by nominating a replacement. What the T-GOP has been saying is b.s., and everyone knows it. President Reagan proposed Justice Kennedy for the SCOTUS in the last year of his presidency, and he was confirmed.
The T-GOP are no better than a gang of petulant toddlers who scream bloody NO! every time President Obama exercises his presidential rights.
"This is the modus operandi of Congressional Republicans. When things go their way, the system is working just fine. When the rules are inconvenient, the Constitution suddenly becomes a living document open to interpretation. Perhaps Sen. Elizabeth Warren best summed it up":
For the T-GOP, the Constitution is a fungible document that should be followed only when it favors their ideology. When it doesn't, they have no problem treating it like a certain kind of tissue one finds in a restroom.
As for Justice Scalia, I never admired him nor his jurisprudence. Ever.
To quote something Mark Twain may or may not have written:
"I've never wished anyone dead, but I have read some obituary notices with great satisfaction."
Every day, during this circus that's called the TeaPublican presidential nomination process, we hear something that would cause any sane person to want to guzzle antifreeze. Every day. And today is no exception -- BUT this something is so depressingly awful that I had to read it several times to believe a candidate for the TeaPublican nomination actually said it.
Donald Trump, the candidate currently leading all the polls for the TeaPublican Party has actually jumped on the conspiracy wagon and is buying into the suspicion that President Obama had Antonin Scalia killed! He's considering a wild-ass, witheringly imbecilic delirium as a reality.
There's not much more one can say about a political party or a politician who would descend into utter madness of this sort. But there it is. Trump and the lunatics on the right.
"There is no great conspiracy behind Antonin Scalia’s death. Scalia lived the lifestyle that many conservatives preach. He was a morbidly obese smoker who didn’t exercise and ate what he wanted. The shock isn’t that Scalia died. It’s that he lived to see age 79."