The Senate’s role in confirming Supreme Court nominees is that of advice and consent, and here it is: They advise that a new nominee should not be put forth just months before a presidential election, because thanks in part to this administration, the selection of justices is a political football and a key issue in the upcoming election.
Exhibit A: Obamacare
If the president ignores the Senate’s advice they advise, they will not consent.
It’s that simple, however we expect that Democrats who believe the Constitution is a living documents that practices Yoga breathing will argue that the Senate’s role is only to consent to whatever nominee the
dictator president puts forward.
Democrats are girding their loins for an epic hissy fit and demands that a like-minded, left-leaning judge of their choosing be confirmed.
Americans have always had a role in choosing Supreme Court nominees when they cast ballots to elect their U.S. Senators and president, and our own Senator Cory Gardner maintains that is how it should be in this election.
Appearing on the Dan Caplis Show on 710 KNUS this week, Gardner vowed to block attempts by Obama to sneak in one last Supreme Court justice, his third since taking office.
“We are too close to the election. The president who is elected in November should be the one who makes the decision,” Gardner told Caplis. “I know the president likes to selectively read parts of the constitution. I didn’t go to Harvard Law School, but the constitution makes it very clear that the President shall nominate, and with the advice and consent of the senate, shall appoint.”
It’s going to be a tough political battle for Senate Republicans to stand fast on their position, because even if this were a non-election year, there’s not enough days in the Senate’s session calendar to fully vet and hold hearings and votes before November.
If the Republicans rushed through the process, they would be accused of doing so in order to help the campaign of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz who actually sits on the Judiciary Committee and will have a center-stage seat in the proceedings.
U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet is also up for reelection and missing from the spotlight on this issue. It will interesting to see how he tries to keep his job, especially considering that his specific election will determine whether the future justice is confirmed by a Democratic or Republican Senate.