GREENVILLE, SC — Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), one of the Senate’s most notorious judicial appointee obstructionists, said Thursday that the Senate should not and will not confirm anyone President Obama picks to succeed Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court.
“President Obama’s free to nominate, and we’re free not to confirm,” he told ThinkProgress. “And I don’t believe we will confirm or should.”
Lee’s communication director, Conn Carroll, was one of the first people to respond to Scalia’s death on Twitter, promising that Republicans would block anyone that Obama nominated.
Lee largely agreed with his staffer.
“It doesn’t get less than zero but yeah, I do think his characterization is accurate in so far as talking about what should happen,” he said. “And I think it’s also accurate to say we’re not going to confirm.”
When asked whether Lee would vote to confirm a nominee if this were the last year of a Republican president’s term, Lee said the situation would be no different.
“I don’t think you will find anyone who seriously believes that if we were in the fourth year of a Mitt Romney administration or the eighth year of a John McCain administration and the Democrats were in charge of the Senate, there’s nobody who thinks that that nominee would be confirmed,” Lee said. “So I don’t see why we would do it differently.”
that is a chicken crap answer trying to tie his dereliction of duty to us saying we would do it so they will too why wasn't that his first response instead of a not so clever elephant dung answer?????????
they are banking on taking the WH and ensuring the republican nominee. they talk about how the people spoke in 2010 when they voter denied, gerrymandered, voter roll purged and stole it well the people have spoken again twice in fact 2008 and 12 think those who think for themselves want his pick not more of the same that rant of theirs fits perfectly on them.