Monday Illinois RINO Sen. Mark Kirk had an op-ed published by the Chicago Sun-Times on the topic of the vacancy created 9 days ago by the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
Sen. Kirk wrote that he “looks forward” to vetting, holding hearings, and ultimately having the Senate take a vote on President Obama’s future SCOTUS nominee.
Lamenting “The volume of rancor and partisanship” in Washington Sen. Kirk also said that he wished President Obama would nominate a moderate to the bench to combat that rancor and partisanship. Which I will add is do almost entirely to Obama himself.
Sen. Kirk wrote:
A partisan or extreme nominee would not be prudent nor would it provide a steady, scholarly hand to guide the constitutional ship of state.
My sincerest hope is that President Obama nominates someone who captures the sentiment he spoke about before the Illinois General Assembly this month — a nominee who can bridge differences, a nominee who finds common ground and a nominee who does not speak or act in the extreme.
Such a selection by the president would demonstrate a break from the rancor and partisanship of Washington and a real commitment to a new beginning even as his own term nears its end.
This is a big break from most other Republicans. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and Judiciary committee chairman Chuck Grassley have cautioned President Obama against making any Supreme Court nomination. Presidential candidate Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has vowed that he would filibuster any SCOTUS nominee by Obama.
The Republican reasoning, which has been Democrat reasoning in the past, and has thus resulted in 80 years of precedent is that in the final year in office, when there is an election coming up, that they should not make any appointments to the high court and that such vacancy, as is the case with Justice Scalia’s seat, should be left to the next President, thus giving the American people a small say in who will be the next Supreme Court Justice.
Sen. Kirk is desperately trying to hold on to a Senate seat he is guaranteed to lose and he and the rest of the GOP establishment are banking on centrist Democrats and independents pushing Sen. Kirk to victory over Democrat congresswoman Tammy Duckworth(The likely winner of a 3 way Dem primary on March 15th.). That is if the Republican party base doesn’t abandon the incumbent Senator in droves, which is very possible, and give the GOP nomination to conservative James Marter.
Sen. Kirk isn’t going to be the last moderate or establishment GOP Senator to cave in the face of this election year.
With the fate of nothing less than the Constitution itself in the balance, something Justice Scalia valued most dear, Obama cannot be allowed to “fundamentally transform” this nation with yet one more SCOTUS nominee.
cross posted from USofArn.com