Since Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) immediately framed the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in explicitly political terms Saturday afternoon, Republicans have been fairly unanimous in expressing their intentions to block any of President Obama‘s nominees (or “Obaminees™”) to fill the vacancy, and presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was no exception.
On Sunday’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Cruz made it clear that he will filibuster any nominee that President Obama puts forward, because… elections have consequences unless that election is the reelection of the president you disagree with? Plus that was three years ago:
STEPHANOPOULOS: But does…
STEPHANOPOULOS: — does that mean — does that mean that you’re going to filibuster anyone — anyone that President Obama nominates?
CRUZ: Absolutely. This should be a decision for the people, George. We’ve got an election. And, you know, Democrats — I cannot wait to stand on that stage with Hillary Clinton or with Bernie Sanders and take the case to the people, what vision of the Supreme Court do you want?
Let the election decide it. If the Democrats want to replace this nominee, they need to win the election.
But you know what, I don’t think the American people want a court that will strip our religious liberties. I don’t think the American people want a court that will mandate unlimited abortion on demand, partial birth abortion with taxpayer funding and no parental notification. And I don’t think the American people want a court that will write the Second Amendment out of “The Constitution.”
All of those are 5-4 issues that are hanging in the balance.
STEPHANOPOULOS: But — but the people elected…
CRUZ: And I’ll tell you, you know, the consequence of…
STEPHANOPOULOS: — President Obama, didn’t they?
CRUZ: They did, but — but that — that was three years ago and elections have consequences. The people also gave us a Republican Senate this last election because they were fed up with Barack Obama’s lawlessness.
Cruz’s promise to filibuster President Obama’s nominees raises the prospect of a Ted Cruz Dr. Seuss revival, this time with Cruz’s Sam I Am character asking “Would you, could you, overturn Roe? I would not, could not, don’t you know? I’ll sandblast Stars of David from every tomb, and send your gun rights to their doom!”
It remains to be seen how the President will respond to Republicans’ threat, either by nominating a consensus pick that would be difficult for them to reject, or by nominating a message pick that would outline the contrasting visions at stake.
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