This editorial ran on Wednesday, but we can’t let the editorial writers at the OC Register get away with an editorial that runs so counter to their libertarian and pro-Constitutional positions. The editorial desk at the Register thinks the next president should nominate a replacement for Antonin Scalia who passed away last weekend at a Texas resort. As the Register is embracing the positions of Republican presidential candidates and Senate Republicans, they lose credence on their defenses of Constitution principles.
From the editorial:
A delay means the court likely will hand down 4-4 deadlocked rulings on many important cases, such as Friedrichs vs. California Teachers Association, involving Orange County teacher Rebecca Friedrichs. If there’s a tie in that case, the previous ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals would stand, meaning public employee unions still would be able to withhold dues for collective bargaining even if an employee objects.
Other important pending cases involve abortion, affirmative action, gun control, voting rights and religious liberty.
Despite those likely complications, we believe the Senate should hold off on confirming anyone nominated by President Obama. This is why we have elections. Let “We, the people” first decide the person we want to choose the replacement justice.
The American people do have a voice in who picks Scalia’s replacement and they spoke with this voice in November 2012 when Barack Obama was re-elected by a large margin. The President will nominate someone this year; should Republicans delay the confirmation more than 300 days remaining in the president’s term, it will solidify the GOP as the party of extreme partisanship and obstruction.”
The only reason to delay nominating someone to the Court is the hope a Republican wins the presidential election in November. One has to wonder, if this were 2008, would the Register encourage George W. Bush to nominate a conservative replacement for Scalia immediately.