June 14, 2016

GOP blockage of Supreme Court nominee is unique


[According to an academic study], The Senate has never before transferred a president’s appointment power in comparable circumstances to an unknown successor.

In every one of the 103 earlier Supreme Court vacancies, the professors wrote, the president was able to both nominate and appoint a replacement with the Senate’s advice and consent. This did not always happen on the first try, they wrote, but it always happened.

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