The staff of the New York Times' “Upshot” section deserve praise for timely journalistic enterprise in compiling and publishing [Feb. 17, 2016] the results of a survey they conducted asking United States Senators should the Senate vote on a nominee from President Obama to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, or should the next president decide?
The NYT also listed a selection of detailed responses from senators of both parties. Pillar to Post Daily Online Magazine selected five responses as examples.
“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."
"Senator McConnell's pre-emptive statement that he will try to block any nominee of President Obama to the Supreme Court - no matter how qualified - is a perversion of the very notion of justice. Surely the American public is entitled to a Senate that will examine a nominee on his or her own merits. I urge the President to nominate a successor to Justice Scalia of stellar qualification and integrity. And I urge the Senate to consider any such nominee fairly."
“The next Court appointment should be made by the newly-elected president. President Obama insists that he will nominate someone for the Court. He certainly has the authority to do so. But let's be clear - his nominee will be rejected by the Senate.”
Patrick J. Toomey
I can’t find a clause in the Constitution that says “…except when there’s a year left in the term of a Democratic President.”
“President Obama, in my view, should make that nomination. I hope he does it as soon as possible, and I hope the Senate confirms and begins deliberations as soon as possible."
For the entire survey go to: