The calls for President Obama to forgo making a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court are going well beyond hardcore conservatives inside the GOP, with moderates now joining the chorus, according to The New York Times:
Senator Rob Portman, Republican of Ohio, who faces re-election this year, said in a statement that the Senate should follow what he called “common practice” to stop acting on lifetime appointments during the last year of a presidential term. Senator Patrick J. Toomey, Republican of Pennsylvania, agreed, leaving nearly every vulnerable Republican incumbent backing Mr. McConnell’s pledge.
Justice Scalia’s death has given Mr. Obama a tantalizing opportunity to reshape the Supreme Court, but cementing a lasting legacy on American jurisprudence will present a familiar challenge: breaking the will of Republicans.
Portman has a score of 50%, or an F, from Conservative Review, an online site that ranks political positions, while Toomey receives a score of 60% or a D. President Obama said on Tuesday that despite Republican calls for him not to name a replacement for the late Antonin Scalia, who passed away Saturday, he will nominate someone and expects the Senate to confirm his nomination.