Senate Marjority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia should not be replaced until after the presidential election.
Because McConnell sets the Senate schedule, and the upper chamber confirms Supreme Court nominations, his remarks signal the GOP's intent to not confirm any nominee offered by President Obama.
"The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice," he said in a statement. "Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new President."
what eye thynk: What does that even mean?
Is he saying that President Obama wasn't chosen by the voice of the American people? Or that the voices of the American people who chose President Obama--twice--don't count? Or is he saying that, if the next president is a Republican, he will speak with the voice of the American people, but the current President of the United States speaks with the voice of...no one?
Pardon me, but I'm feeling more than a little affronted here.
Maybe the voices of the American people don't register on Republican ears unless they speak GOPublicanese. I wonder how he expects this voice-of-the-people thing to work if America once again chooses a Democrat to occupy the White House in November. (Please, God!) Perhaps he would advocate for holding SCOTUS hostage until the GOP gets its act together and can field a presidential nominee who isn't a reality TV star, a bigot, a robot, or the last of a we-thought-we-were-a-dynasty clan?
The Republican Party has made legislative obstruction a basic building block of their style of governing for the past 85 months. Apparently Mr. McConnell thinks this has worked so well that they should now expand their ethic into the judiciary--all in service to the voices of the American people, of course.
Mr. McConnell's statement has got to be one of the most insulting, demeaning bits of verbiage to ever pass his lips...and his history includes a pretty long list of insulting and demeaning verbiage.
At the risk of being called crude, I just want to say: "Hey, Turtle Face, bite me!"