The Republicans are right: The people should have a say in the choice of the next Supreme Court justice. And the people had that say on Nov. 6, 2012, when they overwhelmingly re-elected Barack Obama as president. And they have charged him to exercise all of his constitutional duties from Jan. 20, 2013, until Jan. 20, 2017.
One of those duties is to nominate a person to the Supreme Court, if a vacancy occurs. Obama has done that. The people, over six years, have also had their say in the elections of all 100 U.S. senators. The people have also charged all of the senators to exercise all of their constitutional duties during the durations of their terms.
One of those duties is to hold hearings, examine evidence and conduct a vote on whether to approve a nomination for the Supreme Court. In 18th-century language, it is called giving their advice and consent. The majority of current senators say they won’t do that. So tell them, Republicans, tell those Republican senators the people have had their say and it is time to abide by the Constitution.
You are right, so tell them!
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Clovis Morrisson, State College