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Is Blocking Clinton’s Supreme Court Nominations a Smart Plan? New at Reason

Thursday, November 3, 2016 9:49
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Supreme CourtWhen you can’t win a fair contest, you have a few choices. You can gracefully accept the loss. You can try to do better the next time. Or you can flip the board over and stomp away.

Sen. Ted Cruz and some other Republicans are set on the latter course. Since the February death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the GOP-controlled Senate has refused to vote on the nominee to replace him, Merrick Garland. Republicans argued that because the vacancy occurred in an election year, the seat should not be filled until 2017. “The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court justice,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Now, however, some Republicans think the American people should take a long walk off a short pier. With a likely Hillary Clinton victory looming, these senators vow to spurn anyone she might choose for the court, as many times as they have to. Steve Chapman explains more.

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