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Elizabeth Warren (aka ‘Dances with Misconceptions’) warns Senate GOP not to abdicate constitutional duty to do whatever Obama wants

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By Doug Powers  •  February 15, 2016 06:58 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

There’s a chance that the GOP-controlled Senate might not put a rubber stamp an eventual Obama nominee to replace Antonin Scalia. Because of that, Sen. Elizabeth Warren reminded Republicans about an important addendum to the Constitution that was apparently put into place when only Democrats were watching:

The sudden death of Justice Scalia creates an immediate vacancy on the most important court in the United States.

Senator McConnell is right that the American people should have a voice in the selection of the next Supreme Court justice. In fact, they did — when President Obama won the 2012 election by five million votes.

Article II Section 2 of the Constitution says the President of the United States nominates justices to the Supreme Court, with the advice and consent of the Senate. I can’t find a clause that says “…except when there’s a year left in the term of a Democratic President.”

Senate Republicans took an oath just like Senate Democrats did. Abandoning the duties they swore to uphold would threaten both the Constitution and our democracy itself. It would also prove that all the Republican talk about loving the Constitution is just that — empty talk.

Breaking news: The legal definition of “consent” is fluid depending on if it’s an election year.

Also, if Warren wants to play “the people have spoken” game by saying they elected Obama in 2012, the Republicans should remind her that the people also spoke when they gave the GOP control of the Senate in 2014.

(h/t Weasel Zippers)

**Written by Doug Powers

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