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Senate Majority Leader: We Won’t Replace Scalia Until After Election

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President Barack Obama meets with Senate Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell. Photo: Wiki Commons.

President Barack Obama meets with Senate Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell. Photo: Wiki Commons.

Politico – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate should not confirm a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia until after the 2016 election — an historic rebuke of President Obama’s authority and an extraordinary challenge to the practice of considering each nominee on his or her individual merits.

The swiftness of McConnell’s statement — coming about an hour after Scalia’s death in Texas had been confirmed — stunned White House officials who had expected the Kentucky Republican to block their nominee with every tool at his disposal, but didn’t imagine the combative GOP leader would issue an instant, categorical rejection of anyone Obama chose to nominate.

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  • John Train

    i just went on the Politico site to read their readers comments to this very slanted article.

    The Democrats conveniently forget that they violated the agreement to conduct a vote on the Iran deal by the Senate and therefore allowed Obama to jeopardize the safety of the nation by instituting the worst deal that any president has ever made.

    it was the Democrats who came out with suggestions for possible replacements (read the New York Times; read the Washington Post) before “the body was cold”.

    What is interesting is that the readers are so willing to condemn Israel and support Obama no matter what the circumstances. These authors were writing to this audience which unfortunately includes many American liberal Jews.

  • John Train

    This story of a “stunned White House” is nonsense. Does anybody remember Bork? I disagreed with Bork’s political philosophy but Bork was eminently qualified. The Democrats broke tradition by standing in his way on political grounds. Does anybody remember Obama care? The Democrats broke the Senate rules by putting it through as a budget resolution not needing any more then a simple majority.
    If Pres. Obama nominates someone like Orrin Hatch then he will probably get passage. However if you read the New York Times and the Washington Post the president’s shortlist is meant to encourage conflict to help the Democrats in the next presidential election.