Since Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died on February 13, Republicans have been in front of the cameras at every opportunity, telling Americans why President Obama should not be the person who nominates Scalia’s replacement. In a move that Politico called “unprecedented,” Senate leader Mitch McConnell has said that there will not be a new justice seated while Obama is president. Ted Cruz has promised to filibuster any nomination sent to the Senate.
Hillary Clinton told MSNBC on Monday that,”the Constitution doesn’t say wait a year and hope for a president of a different party, and trying to flout the Constitution is a really funny way for the Republicans to be honoring Justice Scalia’s memory and legacy.”
Then, after a Nevada town hall meeting, Clinton took to Twitter to offer more of her thoughts. Clinton’s epic chastising of GOP obstruction starts with a quote from the constitution. She highlights the portion below:
and he [the president] shall nominate, and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, judges of the Supreme Court…
Accompanying that quote, Clinton tweets “Until Jan. 20, 2017, it’s @POTUS’ job to nominate Supreme Court justices—it’s right there in the Constitution.”
Clinton obviously wants everyone to be aware that she will be presenting her case in a series of tweets, as she numbers them. Following that tweet, she lays out some of the important cases that are before the Court right now: immigration, voting rights, abortion. Of course that makes it very clear why Republicans are desperate to stall the process of seating a replacement for Scalia.
Hillary chides Republicans for their claims that they are protecting the interests of the American people by saying they will not hold hearings on any Obama nominee.
She follows that with a history lesson.
Then she concludes with this.
Of course those tweets brought on the attacks. Some point out that Clinton is ignoring the part of her constitutional quote that calls for the “advise and consent of the Senate.” But as others say in response to that, the Senate leader is saying that he will not offer that constitutionally required advise and consent, but will merely let any nominee sent to him languish in limbo.
This issue illustrates a fundamental difference between how Republicans and Democrats wield power. In 1988, a Democratic-controlled Senate confirmed a SCOTUS justice during Reagan’s last year without a single dissenting vote. Twenty-eight years later, Republicans, seeing another Obama nominee as a threat to their desire for total control of Washington, are intent on not even allowing a vote. Hillary is right, that’s disgraceful.