Obama has already announced that he intends to nominate a successor to Justice Scalia, and that he expects the Senate to give an Up or Down vote before he leaves office. Anyone reading my posts know that I'm not a fan of Obama's notions of how to run our country, but my distaste for the man extends beyond his politics and ideology. Despite all the original bunkum about him being a leader that would unite us, he has held the presidency during a period in which I believe we have become more divided than ever, and it's due, in large measure, to him.
It seems to me inappropriate for him to talk about a successor and already begin scolding the Republicans about acting on his nomination at the same time he is marking the passing of one of our Supreme Court Justices. Surely this nonsense could have waited and the moment reserved for noting the man's brilliance and significant influence on the nation.
I didn't know this but apparently no "lame duck" president has nominated a new SC Justice in the last 80 years. If this is the case, than his remarks were even more unseemly because just announcing his intent was a defiant taunt. He can be very petty at times.
I don't know how or why this "tradition" was started, or why it has held up for so long, but I don't have a problem with a "lame duck" president making a nomination. I don't think Obama's decision to do so is particularly untoward, but his announcement during his remarks on the passing of Justice Scalia is. There's no chance that any of the major players in DC are going to opt for class and decorum over politics, but It could have waited at least a day.
Yes, some of his Republican opponents have been petty and insulting in their criticism of him and anyone that interjected a comment about how the president should uphold this tradition, into their marking Justice Scalia's death are just as petty and unseemly, but he's the president, and they are not. It doesn't excuse them, but I'm afraid I expect more from our president (regardless of party) than I do his critics.
It's unfortunate and, again, disappointing that the man has such a fragile ego and so large a chip on his shoulder that he seems to think that Republicans are greater enemies than any other group on earth.
Before I heard about his remarks, I would have leaned towards the Senate moving to a vote before the end of 2016. I'm now in favor of their doing whatever they feel they must, and I no longer think Obama's nominee will be relatively uncontroversial. I was joking about Eric Holder and still don't see it likely that he will get the call, but the president seems bound and determined to give Republicans the finger with every chance he gets. It's hard ball politics? Fine, then he shouldn't complain when he gets thrown back on him and he does it all the time: throw it , and complain.