Recent statements by the Republican leadership of the Senate, including Missouri’s Senator Roy Blunt, suggest they will block any nomination by President Obama to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Scalia. This is a new low. Never has the Senate refused to vote on an appointment to the Supreme Court for eleven months. The Senate has an obligation to fill the seat in a reasonable period of time, rather than leave the Court split for two sessions.
Justice Scalia himself recognized the right of the President to make Supreme Court nominations, and that those nominations would reflect the President’s political beliefs, when he suggested Elena Kagan to fill Justice Souter’s seat. It is the duty of the Senate to act, rather than obstruct. We need Senators from Missouri who will bring issues to the floor and vote, rather than maneuver to block those votes.