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Tell Your Senators to Do Their Job


Tell Your Senators to Do Their Job

Robert Reich

The Constitution of the United States is clear: Article II Section 2 says the President “shall nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint … judges to the Supreme Court.”

It doesn’t say the President can’t appoint in the final year of his term of office. In fact, a third of all U.S. presidents have appointed a Supreme Court justice in an election year. Yet many Republicans argue that no appointment can be made in the election year.


What a pity! One wonders whether these obstructionist senators have even read the Constitution that they have sworn to uphold. Or is it like those apes who read philosophy? (See A Fish Called Wanda.) Sure, they read it; they just don´t understand it.