Breaking news: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia dies at 79. Within two hours, prominent Republicans are demanding that the president of the United States not submit a nominee to replace him, insisting that this decision should wait for the next administration, so as to reflect the will of the people.
The new administration will not be seated until Jan. 20, 2017, a little less than a year from now. Confirmation hearings can take months. Seems like a long time to leave a Supreme Court seat vacant.
I can hear those same voices if a Republican was president. They’d be insisting that the seat be filled immediately, so that the sacred process of choosing a Supreme Court Justice is not sullied by politics.
Here’s a thought. If you believe something is right, it should remain constant regardless of who is in power, or who you think might win the next election. It should not change depending on how the political wind blows. No wonder people are disgusted with Washington, D.C.
Gail West, Coarsegold