Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) shut down the process for approving a successor to the late Justice Antonin Scalia before it even started, declaring Saturday night that the seat should not be filled until the next president is sworn into office.
"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," he said in a statement.
OK, look, I get it. The Republicans want the next Supreme Court justice to be appointed by a Republican.
Just come out and say that instead of blowing smoke up our asses about a "voice" for "the American people," Mitch.
Supreme Court justices are appointed by presidents, and "the American people" have now said twice in a row that they want a Democrat doing the appointing.
Is it possible that "the people" will change their collective mind come November? Sure.
But the court's next term starts in October. There's plenty of time between now and then to confirm a new justice if this is about anything other than partisan politics. So let's quit pretending that it's about anything other than partisan politics.