The GOP (Grand Obstructionist Party) Strikes Again

By Joanna Williams

On the heels of an actual government shutdown, a narrowly avoided government shutdown, a debt ceiling crisis, more than 60 failed attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, continual budget crises,  we now have the most blatant GOP partisan obstruction of all.

Within just hours (!) of Supreme Court  Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, Senate Republicans announced that they will block any action on any Supreme Court nominee from President Obama and they don’t even care who the nominee is.
Never in US history has the Senate rejected a Supreme Court nominee before they even knew who the nominee was, no matter how supremely qualified, no matter the nominee’s track record on the issues.  In fact, when President Ronald Reagan asked a Democratic Senate to confirm Justice Anthony Kennedy in an election year, they confirmed him 97-0.
Here are some Republican Myths about the Supreme Court nomination and some Actual Facts about those myths:

Republican Myth: Supreme Court vacancies are not filled in election years.  
Actual Fact: Six justices have been confirmed in presidential election years – including Justice Kennedy mentioned above.

Republican Myth:There isn’t enough time left in the President’s term to fully investigate a nominee.  
Actual Fact: The Senate has never taken more than 125 days to vote on a nominee, and the President has almost a year left.

Republican Myth:The American people should have a voice in the selection of the next Supreme Court Justice (ie., the next president, not President Obama, should nominate the new Justice).  
Actual Fact: The American people did have a voice in the selection – they elected President Obama in 2012 by 5 million votes and it is the constitutional duty of the sitting president to nominate a new Supreme Court Justice.

Refusing to even consider a Supreme court nominee is an abdication of responsibility by the Republican majority in the Senate and an insult to the American people.