The Obama sycophants over at The New York Times - that is, the editorial board - gave a good thrashing to Senate Republicans for "creating a political crisis" by refusing to accept any of President Obama's nominations to replace the vacant seat left after the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
They've "lost their minds," the NYT declares.
After ripping through the "twisted" statements recently voiced by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) who've said Obama has the right to select a nominee, but recommend that the people decide the nominee, not a "lame-duck president," the editors took them to school on "how the system works":
First, Mr. Obama is not a “lame-duck president.” The lame-duck period is broadly understood to run from after the November election until a new president is inaugurated in January. November is more than eight months off.
Second, no matter how often Republicans repeat the phrase “let the people decide,” that’s not how the system works. The Constitution vests the power to make nominations to the court in the president, not “the people.” In any case, the people have already decided who should make this appointment: They elected Mr. Obama twice, by large margins.
Third, it is preposterous to accuse Mr. Obama of causing a “bitter struggle” by nominating someone who will not be confirmed. The only reason a nominee would not be confirmed is that the Senate has pre-emptively decided to block any nominee sight unseen. Mr. Obama is once again the only adult in the room, carrying out his constitutional obligation while Senate Republicans scramble to dig up examples of Democrats trying to block nominees.
The did come to the defense of two GOP senators, however: Mark Kirk of Illinois and Susan Collins of Maine, who "were brave enough to say that they would vote on President Obama's nominee."
But back to the slapping:
This is what passes for moderation in today’s G.O.P.: simply stating a willingness to do the job you were elected to do.
Unfortunately, for too many Republicans moderation now equals apostasy. These Republicans have stubbornly parked themselves so far to the right for so many years that it is hard to tell whether they can hear how deranged they sound.
The truth is they are afraid — and they should be. They know Mr. Obama has a large pool of extremely smart and thoroughly mainstream candidates from which to choose a nominee. They know that if the American people were allowed to hear such a person answer questions in a Senate hearing, they would wonder what all the fuss was about.
So Mr. McConnell and his colleagues plan to shut their doors, plug their ears and hope the public doesn’t notice. The Republican spin machine is working overtime to rationalize this behavior. Don’t be fooled. It is panic masquerading as strength.
Hmmm, sounds like the president has been getting his news from the Times lately: