Giving zero f*cks over Republicans’ threats to obstruct him, President Obama announced when he will nominate a Supreme Court Justice to replace Antonin Scalia.
Republicans, Conservatives and the right-wing media are in panic-mode over the prospect of an Obama nominee. To their dismay, they may now have to accept the fact that Barack Obama is actually the President.
Sen. Marco Rubio stood defiantly during the GOP debate to say, “I do not believe the president should appoint someone. It’s been over 80 years since a lame-duck president has appointed a Supreme Court justice.”
Of course, that’s not true at all – and Sen. Ted Cruz echoed that big fat lie. “We have 80 years of precedent of not confirming Supreme Court justices in an election year,” Cruz said.
As it happens, Republicans can calm down at least momentarily because Obama will not rush through a Supreme Court choice to replace Justice Antonin Scalia this week and will wait to nominate a candidate when the U.S. Senate is back in session, the White House said on Sunday, according to Reuters.
“Given that the Senate is currently in recess, we don’t expect the president to rush this through this week, but instead will do so in due time once the Senate returns from their recess,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz said.
“At that point, we expect the Senate to consider that nominee, consistent with their responsibilities laid out in the United States Constitution,” he said.
Obama is traveling in California and returns to Washington on Tuesday. The Senate returns from recess on Feb. 22nd. There will be no recess appointment in their absence.
Obama The Dictator could have potentially sent anyone he chooses to the Court for the rest of the year, while locking down a 5-4 liberal majority until January 2017 — at the earliest. But apparently, the Weakest Dictator Ever has decided to wait until the Senate returns. Also, Scalia isn’t even buried yet.
The White House declined to give a more specific timeline for Obama to announce his nominee.
For his previous two Supreme Court picks, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, the president took about 30 days each to announce his selection after their predecessors, Justice John Paul Stevens and Justice David Souter, respectively, said they planned to step down.
In remarks honoring Scalia on Saturday, Obama made clear he would not succumb to pressure from Republicans to leave the selection of a new justice to his successor.
The president said he would make his choice in due time.
“These are responsibilities that I take seriously, as should everyone. They’re bigger than any one party. They are about our democracy,” President Obama said. “They’re about the institution to which Justice Scalia dedicated his professional life, and making sure it continues to function as the beacon of justice that our founders envisioned.”
Replacing Scalia could tip the balance in the Conservative Supreme Court in the other direction. Republican Presidential candidates all agreed to block any Obama nomination while burning their pocket-sized copies of the Constitution.
We don’t know the day or time Obama will make his choice, but we’re sure it will be soon after the Senate returns. President Obama has 339 days left until he leaves office.
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