This is anarchy, insurrection, betrayal, or some combination of all three. https://t.co/J2xtLIJRRu
— Zack Ford (@ZackFord) February 15, 2016
The United States Congress is a separate and co-equal branch of the American government. The Constitution states that
[The President] shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law
No where does it say that the Senate must give that advice or give that consent. In fact, there have been a number of occasions in American history where the Senate simply ignored a Presidential nomination and did not act on it at all.
The ideological balance of the United States Supreme Court hangs in the balance in the midsts of a Presidential election two years after the nation overwhelmingly voted Republican and vested Senate control in the hands of the GOP.
The nation deserves another democratic moment before potentially shifting the Supreme Court for a generation. Join me in calling on the Senate to ignore any nomination by the President for Justice Scalia’s seat on the Court.