GOP Already Trying to Slow Obama's SCOTUS Nom
by Jonathan Singer, Wed May 13, 2009 at 01:50:18 PM EDT
Are the Republicans really trying to obstruct President Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court before he or she has even been named?
Senate Republican leaders emerged from a meeting with President Obama Wednesday and immediately began laying the groundwork for opposing Democratic efforts to get a Supreme Court nominee confirmed before the August recess.
Conservatives would like to see the process to be delayed until after the summer recess, which begins Aug. 10 for the Senate.
Democrats would prefer as to avoid having a nominee left hanging during the monthlong recess.
There goes the credibility of the Republicans. No doubt they would have had immense difficulty doing anything outside of slightly slowing down Barack Obama's pick to replace Justice David Souter on the Supreme Court. While they could attempt a filibuster, it's hard to see where they would get 41 votes to sustain such a nearly unprecedented tactic.
But coming out against the President's nominee even before that nominee has been named smacks of knee-jerked naysaying -- and totally blows any shot, however slim (and we're talking extremely thin), that the Republicans could have successfully blocked the nomination by arguing the merits (not that the merits would be on their side, of course). If the Republicans want to delay approval of any nominee, how can they legitimately argue against a particular nominee?