Sen. Pat Toomey’s statement that, in effect, no Supreme Court nominee that President Barack Obama puts forward will receive a fair hearing by him and his Republican Senate colleagues reaches the most blatant heights of obstructionism.
There may be some individuals who are happy to pay our elected representatives to grind all government functions to a halt. But surely that’s a very small (but very noisy) minority.
Our Constitution calls for the “advice and consent of the Senate” concerning Supreme Court appointments, but is refusal to seriously consider any nominee “advice and consent”?
If the Senate does not wish to act responsibly on anyone Obama nominates, maybe that esteemed body should invoke another option provided for in the Constitution: vest the appointment in the president alone.
Ross Adams, Boalsburg