This week, the political fallout of Justice Scalia's death continued. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wasted no time declaring that, even with eleven months left in Obama's presidency, "this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president." President Obama pledged to fulfill his "constitutional responsibilities" by making a nomination, and called on the Senate to "fulfill its responsibility to give that person a fair hearing and a timely vote." Jeb Bush broke with Republican orthodoxy and said he would "probably nominate" someone, and John Kasich said he'd nominate someone if he were president (while saying Obama, who is the president, shouldn't). What's amazing isn't only how dysfunctional our system has become, but how openly that dysfunction is now proclaimed. And how much we've come to accept it as the new normal. And that seems likely to continue, until we make our leaders pay a price for not actually leading.
The death of Antonin Scalia has offered Cruz the opportunity to refocus conservative attention on the future of the Supreme Court and increase the urgency of his message.
From day one, as if they won!
Before Justice Scalia's body was even cold, Republicans started obstructionism and pledged to block any Obama appointment. Apparently, a dying conservatism cares not a fig about the constitution -- just clinging to power.
It is the president's obligation to fill vacancies on the federal bench and the Senate's duty to provide "advice and consent" on those nominations. The Appointments Clause of the Constitution is straightforward, and does not contain a limit on the president's power to fill vacancies on the federal bench, especially of the kind Republicans are now demanding.
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For at least the last four decades now I feel like I've been living in Beached America: a nation that has lost its values, even as it writhes in violent agitation, inflicting its military on the vulnerable regions of the planet.
It's a little known fact, but there are legal arguments against President Obama being able to make his Supreme Court pick.
One of the dumber debates in recent history has broken out in the wake of Justice Antonin Scalia's passing. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell h...
In a TMFS sketch, the spokesperson for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell discusses the Republican's ultimate plan to replace Justice Antonin Scalia.
The moment that Chuck Schumer has been training for his whole life came sometime after sunset on Friday night when U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia died in his sleep at a ranch in West Texas.
By refusing to consider any nominee put forth by President Barack Obama, Republicans arranged the chess board such that there is one, and only one, scenario in which the outcome works in their favor.
Without even waiting to see whom the President would nominate to the Supreme Court to succeed the late Justice Antonin Scalia, the Senate GOP leadership has announced that they will reject any Obama appointment.
With the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the November election may decide the fate of all three branches of the United States government. That's a pretty unique situation, and it may boost turnout on both sides of the aisle.