President Barack Obama called Democrats and Republicans to the White House Tuesday to discuss election-year standoff over the vacancy on the Supreme Court. Neither side showed signs of budging.
In an awkward Oval Office sit-down that lasted less than an hour, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, delivered their case for refusing to consider any nominee to the highest court during the throes of a presidential election.
Their Democratic counterparts, meanwhile, resolved to ‘continue beating the drum,’ Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid told reporters after the meeting. The gathering was the first time the leaders have met since Justice Antonin Scalia’s death last month set off an election-year clash over the Supreme Court vacancy.
Before heading to the White House Tuesday morning, McConnell made clear he would not budge. In remarks on the Senate floor, he said he planned to use the meeting to ‘reiterate that the American people will have a voice on the vacancy at the Supreme Court as they choose the next president.’
Despite all the Leftist foot-stamping, the Senate Republicans are entirely within their constitutional rights to withhold consideration and consent from any nominee the president sends up to the Hill. But expect the Democrats to lie about it, of course.