Thread about the current (2016) Supreme Court vacancy and the issues surrounding filling it.
We don't have a new thread about this but there have been a couple comments by those in Washington about the subject so I thought we might want to have a specific place to talk about it.
Here is the article that made me start the thread
President Barack Obama let Republicans have it Wednesday for their change of tune on how they might deal with Supreme Court vacancies.
Speaking at a rally for Hillary Clinton in North Carolina, the president pointed the finger at that battleground state’s Sen. Richard Burr. Obama chided Burr, who is fighting for his own re-election, over his recent vow to leave the high court short-handed for four more years if Clinton wins next week.
“Some are saying they won’t appoint a ninth Supreme Court justice at all,” Obama said. He noted Burr “just said that if Hillary wins, he’ll do everything he can to block all Supreme Court nominations.”
It will very much be a Constitutional crisis, I think, if the Senate were to refuse to "advise and consent" for 4 more years. While it doesn't hobble the Court it does really weaken it a lot and I don't think that is good long term for America.
It has been 30+ years but I seem to recall in government that our system was cool because we had checks and balances that prevented any one branch from controlling the whole thing. Now Republicans seem to be indicating they would like to stop the judicial branch from functioning. That feels very contrary to the ideals of the founding fathers.
Also the statements by republicans seem to contradict their own justification for not confirming Garland - that they American people should get to vote first. It feels quite clear that was not their reason if they ignore the vote in a week.