Reid: Blocking SCOTUS Nominee Will Haunt Republicans

"A radical effort to obstruct and delegitimize the president."

Writing an op-ed for The Washington Post Monday night, Senate minority leader Harry Reid chastised Republicans, saying that if they block Antonin Scalia's replacement to the Supreme Court, it will haunt them... forever.  

"My Republican Senate colleagues should know, too, that they will be unconditionally surrendering their party to hard-line presidential candidates Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Donald Trump," he wrote.

"Behind closed doors, many of my colleagues complain about the direction their party has taken in recent years," Reid continued. "But if they cross this Rubicon, they will be as culpable as Sen. Cruz or Trump themselves, having resigned any claim to leadership and enlisting as foot soldiers in a radical effort to obstruct and delegitimize the president at all costs."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already stated that Scalia will not be replaced until after the 2016 presidential election, a move similarly pushed by Sen. Chuck Schumer 19 months before Bush left office in 2008.

"The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice," stated McConnell. "Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new President."