Have you ever heard the phrase "Judicial Activism?"
Sure you have heard the phrase, it is as popular among conservative politicians and demagogues as the words "Ronald Reagan." The words are almost 100% phraseology deployed on the Right as it facilitates mind-influencing rhetoric which so easily sticks with the listening public and the viewing public.
There is no more deeply ingrained judicial activists than judges appointed for the Republican party. If you doubt my point, think about Scalia, his man-child Thomas, Alito and, yes, Roberts. Three of whom we have been observed attending moneyed GOP or conservative events (often away from cameras).
The death of Scalia has handed both President Obama and the GOP majority Senate a unique problem: a US SCOTUS comprised of only eight Justices at a time when an evenly divided Court could lead to no final adjudication of key cases. Both the conservatives and progressives stand to gain from decisions that will not face proper adjudication because of a missing ninth vote. Obama will nominate a replacement and GOP leadership has declared there will be no interaction the US President's nomination. Alas, GOP obstruction at the highest levels in US government, yet again. Maximum obstruction from people who claim "strict interpretations" of the US Constitution.
We would expect more from a congressional Majority Leader who refers to President Obama as a "lame-duck" preside. A lame-duck president is an Oval Office holder who was defeated by an opponent and who is serving out her/his final months in office. For some McConnell's characterization may work to make them feel good, but the fact is Obama has never lost an Oval Office election. Yes, we should not expect more from McConnell, but the recent obstruction from a conservative member of the Court is a new phenomenon. Alito joins the lock-step republicans. If you believe Republicans are strict (interpretation) constitutionalist, you probably also believe they are fiscal conservatives.
This is pretty ugly for all Americans . The Constitution is only good as long as it can be used for this conservative...Posted by Susan Thompson on Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Let's recap. McConnell and company have worked against President Obama since well before he was inaugurated in 2009. A group of 17, including Paul Ryan, literally met the evening of President Obama's inauguration to plot obstruction (thus performing a degree of sedition). Needless to say, the GOP fulfilled its mission of obstructing America for the full two terms. As we moved towards Obama's "fourth quarter", McConnell and company step on the grave of their chief SCOTUS regressive via refusing to consider filling his bench seat.
We hear the party on the Rguiht claim, "oh refusal to consider a nominee isn't new." The current lock-step railing in opposition to considering a nominee is well within the law has taken place in the past and is the thing to do. "Let the next president, fill the vacant seat!" Words from a party which could very well see Donald Trump atop their ticket with the heavens only knows as a VP candidate. Imagine the nation's number one carnival barker, serial liar, a hero of white supremacists, and reality TV mogul nominating a SCOTUS Justice!
Friend of the TPI, Mike Victor dug deep regarding the GOP's basis for denial of a replacement hearing.
The utter shame of it all!