The Intelligencer weighs in on replacing Scalia
And so do our senators
Highlights of this morning's Intelligencer editorial (note -- no link - the editorial was not posted online):
For the good of all Americans, Scalia should be replaced by someone like him.
"All Americans?" That's a bit presumptuous -- you don't speak for me.
With less than a year left in his tenure, Obama should let his successor nominate a replacement.
Sorry, Obama was elected for four years not three. In a similar situation with President Reagan, the Democrats voted to confirm Justice Kennedy. (Just a hunch but I doubt that the Intelligencer argued back in 1988 that we should let voters decide the election first.)
In order to gain Senate confirmation of his nominee, Obama may be willing to make political deals.
"Political deals?" Like what? How about just one example from either of his two previous appointments? Once again, the lack of any evidence makes this just another Intelligencer cheap shot at the president.
That is why it is critical for Capito and Manchin to lead the fight against confirmation of an Obama justice.
Pre-judge much? The president hasn't nominated anyone and yet the Intelligencer is opposed. I also find it interesting that Intelligencer doesn't tell us where Capito and Manchin stand on this issue despite both senators having weighed in on the matter. From Metro News, here's Manchin's statement:
U.S. Joe Manchin released a statement Monday saying it was the Senate’s obligation to vote on a nominee.
“I believe that the President should nominate and the Senate should follow its constitutional obligation and advise and consent on the nomination,” Manchin said. “We have a responsibility to the American people to fulfill our duties. I will evaluate any nominee before the Senate based on their qualifications and judicial philosophy. I would hope that political posturing in Washington does not prevent me from being able to cast my vote.”
And here's Capito's:
“Senator Capito agrees with Leader Mitch McConnell and Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley that the next president should nominate Justice Scalia’s replacement,” a statement said. “With just a few months until the election and many important issues pending before the Court, West Virginians should have an opportunity to express their views and elect a new president who will select the Supreme Court Justice.”