But Republicans won’t let the nomination through.
The candidate, considered a “centrist” in some respects, won’t play into the nightmare scenario conjured up by some conservatives—where Obama attempts to replace Scalia with a liberal judge, slanting the Supreme Court toward the left—but Senate Republicans aren’t taking the offer.
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) March 16, 2016
“The Senate will continue to observe the ‘Biden Rule’ so the American people have a voice in this momentous decision,” Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said on the floor of the Senate today. “The American people may well elect a president who decides to nominate Judge Garland for Senate consideration. The next president may also nominate somebody very different. Either way, our view is this: Give the people a voice in filling this vacancy.”
The “Biden Rule” is a tongue-in-cheek reference to a video of vice president Joe Biden in 1992, back then a senator, calling for Republican president George H.W. Bush to let the next president nominate a Supreme Court Justice and let the American people decide.
McConnell had said right after Scalia’s death that the senate would not confirm any of Obama’s nominations for the Supreme Court, a position which has support from the rest of the party leadership.
“I fully support Leader McConnell and Chairman [Chuck] Grassley’s [R-Iowa] decision not to move forward with the confirmation process. We should let the American people decide the direction of the court,” House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said in a statement, according to the Hill.