“I plan to fulfill my constitutional responsibilities to nominate a successor in due time…These are responsibilities that I take seriously, as should everyone. They’re bigger than any one party. They are about our democracy.”–Barack Obama
Democracy is an odd thing to cite considering that he is talking about appointing an unelected justice to an unelected court for a lifetime tenure and in so doing depriving the American people the chance to hold a quasi-referendum on who should replace Scalia.
Of course, if Obama is really so concerned with exercising his “constitutional responsibilities” and so torn-up about the possibility of a year long 8-justice SCOTUS, he could just nominate a dyed in the wool conservative who would actually restrain government. That guy (or gal) would be confirmed in a jiffy. If Obama doesn’t do this, then it’s not just the Republicans who are to “blame”. Rest assured, there is plenty of blame on all sides.