Yes, of course it stinks, yes of course it was entirely predictable:
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R, Iowa) said that “it’s been standard practice over the last 80 years to not confirm Supreme Court nominees during a presidential election year.”
“Given the huge divide in the country, and the fact that this president, above all others, has made no bones about his goal to use the courts to circumvent Congress and push through his own agenda, it only makes sense that we defer to the American people who will elect a new president to select the next Supreme Court Justice,” Grassley said.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R, Ky.) agreed, saying “the American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new President.” McConnell did not promise to block Obama’s nominees, however.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D, Nev.) disagreed. “With so many important issues pending before the Supreme Court, the Senate has a responsibility to fill vacancies as soon as possible,” Reid said in a statement. “It would be unprecedented in recent history for the Supreme Court to go a year with a vacant seat. Failing to fill this vacancy would be a shameful abdication of one of the Senate’s most essential Constitutional responsibilities.”
Question I have is – if Obama pushes this through [a Democrat in place of a Republican] and if a Republican [Trump?] gets in, can he rescind Obama’s appointment?