Well, whaddya know. An actual strategic move. Good.

Via Washington Times.

Senators are scheduled to be on a break from Washington for the next two weeks, but they have left behind a rearguard to keep the chamber running on low gear, denying President Obama a chance to install his Supreme Court nominee.

It’s part of Republicans’ vow to do everything to keep Mr. Obama from replacing the late Justice Antonin Scalia, whose death last month left the court divided 4-4, and left Democrats salivating over the opportunity to replace the conservative Scalia with a liberal.

Republican leaders didn’t budge in their vow to deny any Obama nominee a hearing, much less a vote, saying the responsibility for picking a replacement should rest with the next president…

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, flatly ruled out any action again Sunday, saying Judge Garland won’t get a floor vote.

“The schedule in the Senate is set by the majority leader. And most of my members are very comfortable with letting the American people make this decision by electing the next president, who will fill this vacancy next year,” Mr. McConnell told ABC’s “This Week” program.

Part of that strategy is denying Mr. Obama the opening to make a recess appointment.


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  1. Alain41 says:

    Good for Republicans. Article mentions protecting against recess appt. of Garland. Not convinced that if given the opportunity to make recess appt. that Obama wouldn’t recess appoint Holder, someone other than Garland, and say that Garland remains the official nominee for permanent position but if Republicans want to leave Holder in place, their choice. I don’t believe that that has been done before, but find the argument of that’s never been done, unconvincing.

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