Republicans should not allow a Supreme Court appointment
As some long-time followers know, I disapproved of Republicans voting against Sotomayor and Kagan. My reasoning was that Obama is only going to nominate liberals to the court and those two weren’t the worst liberals possible. And they replaced Justices who weren’t on the conservative side anyway. (One of those two Justices was Souter, picked by George H.W. Bush because he had very little legal track record, so he thought that Democrats would easily approve him because it wasn’t clear that he was conservative. As it turns out, he wasn’t conservative.)
I didn’t think that there was anything Republicans could do about those appointments, and they just made themselves look bad trying. (And I’ve also disproved of Republicans doing stupid stuff like shutting down the government over Obamacare, and even stupider, threatening to shut down the government over Planned Parenthood funding. Those ruckuses were huge strategic mistakes, Republicans should have saved the firepower for truly important issues, like preventing Obama from appointing a replacement for Scalia.)
This time things are different. Too much is at stake if the Supreme Court switches from conservative to liberal, and there’s less than a year until Obama leaves office.
Yes, Reagan nominated Kennedy in November 1987,
but he had a Republican Senate, and he was appointed because the Democratic-controlled Senate blocked his July 1987 nomination of Robert Bork. So Kennedy represented a win for Democrats as he was a more moderate Justice than Reagan’s original nominee. The precedent here is to “Bork” whomever Obama nominates, not to accept it.
I support the Republicans doing whatever they have to do to prevent a Supreme Court Justice from being appointed until at least the election. And then, if a Republican wins the election, they should keep blocking until he takes office.