Under the United States Constitution, the U.S. Senate is granted to power of advice and consent to any presidential appointment to the judiciary. That includes any and all of Barack Obama’s appointees to the United States Supreme Court.
Under federal law, the President of the United States doesn’t actually get to ram federal judges down the throats of the American people. Instead, the president nominates a candidate, and then through careful deliberation, the Senate is required to consider that individual’s qualifications and temperament to carry out the requirements of the office. And there are few jobs with as much of a profound impact on our nation than the United States Supreme Court. Indeed, the role of the U.S. Senate is vitally important to the selection process.
But Patrick Murphy, who is a Democrat candidate for U.S. Senate, apparently believes that the Senate should rubber stamp whomever Barack Obama chooses to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Here’s the text of a recent fundraising pitch sent by Murphy’s campaign, where he characterizes the Senate’s constitutional duty to advise and consent as “obstruction.” The full text is here:
In an unprecedented move, Mitch McConnell is already promising to obstruct the constitutional process and President Obama’s next Supreme Court nominee.
The fate of the Senate lies with this Florida race. We need to grab this momentum and use it to make sure we can win back the Senate and end this obstruction madness. Will you stand with us?