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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has promised to hold the line on the president’s Supreme Court nominee, as duty to his party and his country dictates he must. It is crucial that there be no hearings, no votes, not even a whiff of consideration for a new nominee until after the election.
Never in American history has the ideological balance of the Supreme Court hinged so sharply on an election year nomination fight. To concede to the president now would be to concede the entire judiciary to the progressive left.
The next president, informed by the will of the voters in November, will have the opportunity to choose Scalia’s successor, and will likely be responsible for filling several other vacancies as well throughout the course of his or her term.
The stakes could not be higher.
We all know that Democrats view the Constitution as a living, breathing document that should be continually changed and updated to fit in with contemporary mores. As fickle as the changes in American culture have become, it’s easy to see why this would be a disastrous approach that would quickly lead to the unravelling of our cherished Republic.
Hillary Clinton has said that she thinks Obama would make an excellent Supreme Court justice, a statement that underscores just how badly wrong the court could go under her presidency.
Yet, the Republican field is not without its perils as well.