Scalia dies, Republicans plan for more obstructionism

Scalia dies, Republicans plan for more obstructionism

Just hours after the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Conservative leaders and pundits have reacted with calls for obstructionism. Here’s a quick sampling on this quickly developing story. Sadly, it (the right-wing reaction, not Scalia’s death) should hardly be surprising.

Here’s what Canadian-born Presidential candidate Ted Cruz had to say:

The communications director for Republican Senator Mike Lee thinks no Obama judges should be approved:

The cofounder of The Federalist, and former chief investigator for Republican Senator Tom Coburn commented before even confirming Scalia was dead:

One National Review writer took the occasion not only to call for obstructionism but to insult a sitting Justice:

In a post on Facebook, Senate Majority Leader McConnell called for the body he leads to abdicate their responsibility to debate and vote on the unknown nominee Obama will put forward:

“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.”

According to a reporter covering the Republicans, so-called “moderate” Marco Rubio also favors not doing his job:

This tweet puts the latest Republican obstructionism in perspective:

UPDATE: Confirmation of a Supreme Court Justice during an election year is hardly unprecedented. It’s actually happened with more than 15% of the 112 Justices who have served on the Court:

 
 
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