Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Gop Senators Are Being Juvenile about Court Vacancy

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Gop Senators Are Being Juvenile about Court Vacancy

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The opinions of Sens. Mitch McConnell and Chuck Grassley ("Picking the Next Justice," Feb. 21 Sunday Perspectives) are an embarrassment in the eyes of the rest of the world and of many Americans. Their and Sen. Pat Toomey's utter ignorance and/or disregard for the Constitution is such that none of them deserves to hold the offices that they do, particularly where they have sworn to uphold the Constitution, the language of which is plain on this issue.

Incidentally, "lame duck" has historically referred to the period between when the new Congress is seated in early January and when the president leaves office later in that month. To call President Barack Obama a "lame duck" almost a year before his term ends is simply bizarre.

Half of their commentary is devoted to a defense of their specious position by referring to Democrats' behavior in the past, of which I was and still am critical. …

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