“What Republicans are advocating is wrong and is inconsistent with the requirements of the Constitution”, he said. That’s their right. But there is an important difference between saying, “I oppose so-and-so for the following reasons”, and, “I don’t think the president should nominate anyone at all”. Says Chris Hayes, “Some unbelievable advice my mom gave me once: ‘If you’re wondering whether you should go to the funeral, you should go to the funeral'”. This new information persuaded Democrats most and independents somewhat less so. But, according to Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich, such a plan could hurt Republican senators facing tough re-election campaigns in moderate states and disrupt the GOP’s chances of holding onto its relatively thin 54-46 majority in the Senate. “It would historically change our country”.
Despite widespread Republican insistence that he leave the decision to the next president, Obama said he had no intention of abdicating his responsibilities before leaving office early next year.
But Obama and the Democratic Party may be taking Cruz’s stance into account.
“This would be a good moment for us to rise above it”, Obama said.
“He regrets the vote that he made”, Mr. Earnest said.
Asked if Mr. Obama was experiencing “karma” for his behavior 10 years ago, Mr. Earnest insisted there is a “stark difference” between Mr. Obama’s filibuster and the situation today.
Here’s Josh Earnest conveniently telling reporters that Obama now “regrets” filibustering Justice Alito in 2006 because obstructing nominees is wrong ‘n stuff.
Court officials said Scalia’s body will lie in repose on Friday in the Supreme Court’s Great Hall, after a private ceremony.
US presidents don’t always attend the funerals of late Supreme Court justices.
Many Republican senators bolted out of the blocks way too fast on whether the Senate should hold hearings on a U.S. Supreme Court nominee by President Obama in the wake of Justice Antonin Scalia’s unexpected death.
Republican voters are reliably more angry at the court than liberals, a fury that is decades old and spans Roe v. Wade and Chief Justice John Roberts’ dual defections on Obamacare.
Replacing Justice Scalia, a leading conservative voice, could tip the balance of power on the Court. Sen.
He added, “I am amazed at how upset people” are about Republican calls to not consider any Obama nominee. It would even survive an extended vacancy or two on the court, as might happen if the election in November produces another Democratic president and Republican-majority Senate.
“You just have to pick the best person you can under the circumstances, as the appointing authority must do”, she said.