Mitch McConnell, the Republican Senate majority leader, and beloved cartoon character …
… has opened the first salvo in the GOP’s plan to stall any nomination by President Obama of a new Supreme Court justice in the wake of the sudden death of Antonin Scalia:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said in a statement that the Senate controlled by his party should not confirm a replacement for Scalia until after the election.
“The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president,” McConnell said.
That’s Sen. Turtle in 2016.
This is Sen. Turtle in 2005:
“[T]he Republican conference intends to restore the principle that, regardless of party, any President’s judicial nominees, after full debate, deserve a simple up-or-down vote.
– Mitch McConnell (2005)
“The Constitution of the United States is at stake. Article II, Section 2 clearly provides that the President, and the President alone, nominates judges.
Mitch McConnell (2005)