Jeb: It’s “not important to me” whether there’s a vote on Obama’s SCOTUS nominee

posted at 12:31 pm on February 14, 2016 by Jazz Shaw

We began discussing this last night when the tragic news broke about the death of Justice Scalia, and as predicted the question has caught fire already. The President already said he will be nominating someone, but will the Senate take up the question while he is still in office? We have the answer from several presidential candidates already and one of them is Jeb Bush. It’s really not that important to him.

JEB BUSH: I think President Obama is going to submit a nominee and in all likelihood this person will be out of the mainstream and he’ll be rejected by the Senate. That’s his prerogative. He has every right to do it, and the Senate has every right not to confirm that person. That’s what I said. He clearly has the power to do it, but given his choice of Supreme Court justices in the past the Senate of the United States should not confirm someone whose out of the mainstream.

DANA BASH: But if I could just clarify, right now it sounds as though…

JEB BUSH: Yeah.

DANA BASH: …the Republicans who run the Senate aren’t even going to schedule a vote. You think that one should be scheduled?

JEB BUSH: It’s up to Mitch McConnell. That’s really not important to me.

That was a rather telling moment, particularly given that he’s had a full night to think it over. The question is actually going to be of extreme interest to everyone voting in the GOP primary if I’m any judge of things. There were multiple discussions on the logistics of failing to vote on a nominee as well as the political fallout going on this morning. Jake Tapper, responding to our colleague Hugh Hewitt, offered one observation as to how Republican Senators and GOP candidates for those offices would be impacted.

There were multiple people hitting Hugh on how the Senate was “obligated” to bring the nominee up for a vote. Hugh, himself a professor of constitutional law, was having none of it.

Hugh was on the Sunday morning roundup going into even more detail. (Daily Caller, with video at the link)

“If I were a Republican — whether the Majority Leader all the way down to the county clerk — and every nominee I would say no hearings. No votes. Lame ducks don’t make lifetime appointments.”

“There is no precedent,” he continued. “And I will simply add, the base will not forgive anyone. Senators will lose their jobs if they block the blockade. There should be an absolute blockade on this.”

That’s going to be a common sentiment in Republican circles, but I’m not at the point where I’m ready to call it a done deal. First of all, the Democrats and their allies in the media will be pouring on the heat in nearly unprecedented fashion to force a vote. In order for the “blockade” Hewitt references to hold, both Chuck Grassley and Mitch McConnell will have to maintain stiff spines for nearly a solid year. Now let’s say they both caved and it came to a floor vote. Look over the list of members for a moment and tell me if you don’t think the Democrats could come up with roughly a baker’s dozen Republicans who would vote to confirm an Obama nominee. But then again, I suppose I’m just a bitter old skeptic.

On the matter of the rules, the Constitution is absolutely clear on this one, though some Democrats suddenly seem to have trouble reading the text. The President is entitled to nominate a replacement justice as soon as he likes and nobody can legally stop him. Then, in their advise and consent role, the Senate will take up the question. There is no time limit mentioned in the Constitution as to how long that might take. Under current Senate rules the nomination must first make it out of Chuck Grassley’s committee and then Mitch McConnell would need to schedule it for a vote before that takes place. And if it takes a long time to get that done, the only people who the Senators answer to are the ones who elect them.

Sorry, Democrats, but that’s pretty much the end of the story.

JebShrug


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Remember when Obamacare was put up for a vote because there was no way it would pass? Same thing here. NO VOTE!

BDavis on February 14, 2016 at 6:43 PM

Jeb is lost in a thick fog without a compass or a map . . . just what in hell is important to this dolt?

rplat on February 14, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Poll: Republicans Name Ted Cruz the Presidential Candidate They Trust Most to Replace Justice Antonin Scalia:

http://injo.com//2016/02/537664-republicans-name-the-presidential-candidate-they-trust-most-to-replace-justice-antonin-scalia/

Pork-Chop on February 14, 2016 at 5:21 PM

Good. He can drop out, endorse Trump, and wait to be nominated.

NWConservative on February 14, 2016 at 6:48 PM

GOP is only ones who care about Americans living in America, certainly not dems. To dems/libs/socialists its more important to cater to illegal aliens, refugees (knowing terrorists infiltrated them), wall street, lobbyists and the black community (of which they’ve only held them back).

soapyjeans on February 14, 2016 at 6:49 PM

Here comes the smear campaigns, manipulations etc. Dems/libs/socialists think they can scare republicans by threatening their office (which is absurd). Its absurd because any republican who caves to obama will have scorched his career.

soapyjeans on February 14, 2016 at 6:50 PM

And Jeb is down-and out.Trump is going to get an ad out so fast in South Carolina it will make your head spin. Of course it doesn’t matter to you Jeb-because you couldn’t care less about conservatism,the Constitution, or the American people. All you care about is power, influence and the New World Order. Globalist POS!

redware on February 14, 2016 at 6:53 PM

Good. He can drop out, endorse Trump, and wait to be nominated.

NWConservative on February 14, 2016 at 6:48 PM

This.

IDontCair on February 14, 2016 at 6:55 PM

Here comes the smear campaigns, manipulations etc. Dems/libs/socialists think they can scare republicans by threatening their office (which is absurd). Its absurd because any republican who caves to obama will have scorched his career.

soapyjeans on February 14, 2016 at 6:50 PM

And America.

IDontCair on February 14, 2016 at 6:56 PM

Scalia’s body was being embalmed and there would be no autopsy.

http://wapo.st/1TjJ9FE?tid=ss_tw

Jason58 on February 14, 2016 at 4:38 PM

Yeah, pronounced dead over the phone by a justice of the peace that was nowhere near the body. Then the decision is made that there will be no autopsy.

Standard procedure for one of the most important and powerful men in the country.

Oxymoron on February 14, 2016 at 7:06 PM

Jeb is lost in a thick fog without a compass or a map . . . just what in hell is important to this dolt?

rplat on February 14, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Becoming President, just like dad and big brother. Jeb’s granddad was a Senator. His dad has a dream resume for any politician. His brother made it to the bigs. Jeb! is likely to be just a governor. High accomplishment in most families but not so much when your last name is Bush.

Happy Nomad on February 14, 2016 at 7:10 PM

Jeb really said that?

Clueless Idiot.

stenwin77 on February 14, 2016 at 7:17 PM

IDIOT. If Jeb doesn’t realize how important this is then he has NO business running for president.

Jeb suffers from TDS so badly that he probably said this just to disagree with Trump’s “delay, delay, delay” last night. Trump gets it!! Heck, even Mitch McConnell gets it!!

Aslans Girl on February 14, 2016 at 7:23 PM

Look at the Cruz supporters making fun of disabled people.

fossten on February 14, 2016 at 1:27 PM

I wouldn’t call Bush disabled.

jhffmn on February 14, 2016 at 7:23 PM

Good. He can drop out, endorse Trump, and wait to be nominated.

NWConservative on February 14, 2016 at 6:48 PM

This.

IDontCair on February 14, 2016 at 6:55 PM

At this point, I doubt Cruz has even a melting snowball’s chance in hell at winning and it’s getting smaller by the day.

He needs to drop out and stop trying to split the conservative vote.

NWConservative on February 14, 2016 at 7:49 PM

Jeb is beginning to show his true colors as just another One World Order hack!

Aloha, as in hello and goodbye!

tomshup on February 14, 2016 at 7:52 PM

I wouldn’t call Bush disabled.

jhffmn on February 14, 2016 at 7:23 PM

I would. Not physically disabled but chronologically disabled. He’s the perfect candidate for 1996. He would have killed Bob Dole in the primaries.

There is nothing wrong with Jeb Bush. He is a good man. He’s just an anachronism. He’s not running a campaign that reflects the realities of 2016. He’s 20 years out of sync.

Happy Nomad on February 14, 2016 at 8:02 PM

Total incompetent boob.

ultracon on February 14, 2016 at 8:34 PM

I sincerely hope that the Republicans are hoisted on their own petard. Instead of getting a moderate justice from Obama, they might very well get a very liberal one from Hillary.

Ric on February 14, 2016 at 5:59 PM

Yeah, and it’s going to rain jelly beans.

hillbillyjim on February 14, 2016 at 8:52 PM

When Donald gets exposed for what he supports he does nothing but yell LIAR LIAR LIAR LIAR

Realdemocrat1 on February 14, 2016 at 9:26 PM

Jeb Bush is a terrible campaigner.

And that is a good thing.

petunia on February 14, 2016 at 9:49 PM

I wish Sarah palin was president so she could nominate a Slut wife beater Amazing American for a Supreme Court appointment!!1!1!1

wearyexclusive on February 14, 2016 at 9:53 PM

Yeah, pronounced dead over the phone by a justice of the peace that was nowhere near the body. Then the decision is made that there will be no autopsy.

Standard procedure for one of the most important and powerful men in the country.

Oxymoron on February 14, 2016 at 7:06 PM

I agree! They should do everything to make sure the public is reassured!

Error on the side of transparency!

He was only 79 and there is no talk of an underlying illness.

And now confusion about what was the cause of death? And a headline about a pillow over his head?

I hate conspiracy theories, but if you don’t even do an autopsy what do you expect people to say? It’s fertile ground! The questions will just pile up.

petunia on February 14, 2016 at 9:55 PM

Voting for Jeb Bush is really not that important to me.

Dollayo on February 14, 2016 at 10:03 PM

Jeb! surges!

Nephew Sam on February 14, 2016 at 10:13 PM

Is it true that the Democrat controlled Senate in 1960 passed a Senate resolution that it would not be Senate procedure to consider a nominee from a President within the “lame duck” period of an election year? S.Res 334? I mean yes the GOP did oppose at the time, but they lost. The Dem’s passed the resolution. So should that not be the authoritative document on the Senate procedure in this set of circumstances?

patches on February 14, 2016 at 10:33 PM

Good. He can drop out, endorse Trump, and wait to be nominated.

NWConservative on February 14, 2016 at 6:48 PM

Trump(PBUH) is really smart and a tough negotiator…wouldn’t he be a better pick? If not, why not??

Mimzey on February 14, 2016 at 10:35 PM

S.Res 334? I mean yes the GOP did oppose at the time, but they lost. The Dem’s passed the resolution. So should that not be the authoritative document on the Senate procedure in this set of circumstances?

patches on February 14, 2016 at 10:33 PM

That would be interesting. :)

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2016/02/dems_in_senate_passed_a_resolution_in1960_against_election_year_supreme_court_appointments.html

Mimzey on February 14, 2016 at 10:37 PM

Trump(PBUH) is really smart and a tough negotiator…wouldn’t he be a better pick? If not, why not??

Mimzey on February 14, 2016 at 10:35 PM

You just threw Cruz under the bus. Since when do you support putting, what you termed as a liberal and conman, on the Supreme Court?

NWConservative on February 14, 2016 at 10:43 PM

Please send this on

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyp0x-cNuyE

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2016 at 10:56 PM

Jeb’s Mother was right…!!!!

Xango Annie on February 14, 2016 at 11:15 PM

That’s … interesting.

Yeah, pronounced dead over the phone by a justice of the peace that was nowhere near the body. Then the decision is made that there will be no autopsy.

Standard procedure for one of the most important and powerful men in the country.

Oxymoron on February 14, 2016 at 7:06 PM

I agree! They should do everything to make sure the public is reassured!

Error on the side of transparency!

He was only 79 and there is no talk of an underlying illness.

And now confusion about what was the cause of death? And a headline about a pillow over his head?

I hate conspiracy theories, but if you don’t even do an autopsy what do you expect people to say? It’s fertile ground! The questions will just pile up.

petunia on February 14, 2016 at 9:55 PM

I have yet to see anyone note the Marfa Connection.
Mind-control!!!

Aliens are among us.

AesopFan on February 14, 2016 at 11:22 PM

I wouldn’t call Bush disabled.

jhffmn on February 14, 2016 at 7:23 PM

I would. Not physically disabled but chronologically disabled. He’s the perfect candidate for 1996. He would have killed Bob Dole in the primaries.

There is nothing wrong with Jeb Bush. He is a good man. He’s just an anachronism. He’s not running a campaign that reflects the realities of 2016. He’s 20 years out of sync.

Happy Nomad on February 14, 2016 at 8:02 PM

So true.

Jeb’s Mother was right…!!!!

Xango Annie on February 14, 2016 at 11:15 PM

That’s what I thought too.

IDIOT. If Jeb doesn’t realize how important this is then he has NO business running for president.

Jeb suffers from TDS so badly that he probably said this just to disagree with Trump’s “delay, delay, delay” last night. Trump gets it!! Heck, even Mitch McConnell gets it!!

Aslans Girl on February 14, 2016 at 7:23 PM

AesopFan on February 14, 2016 at 11:24 PM

What a maroon…

2Tru2Tru on February 14, 2016 at 11:49 PM

Lamestream media is really showing their blatant bias now by trying to shame/manipulate republicans into accepting obamas pick, lol… Guess their ok showing their true socialism colors now. Because the democrat party is gone, moderates were first to go.

soapyjeans on February 14, 2016 at 11:57 PM

Wait wait… I know what happened… Somebody told Jeb Jeb that the coveted youth voters were apathetic so he interpreted that as him needing to come off as apathetic too!

“Psh, whatever man, it doesn’t matter to me.”

Skywise on February 15, 2016 at 12:24 AM

!Yeb is very very very low energy. A slug has way more.

Sherman1864 on February 15, 2016 at 2:14 AM

It’s important to me!!

Georgew on February 15, 2016 at 6:10 AM

“Wave bye-bye to the nice man, Little Johnny.”

GO CRUZ!

CPT. Charles on February 15, 2016 at 7:46 AM

post is kind of a nothingburger

Younggod on February 15, 2016 at 7:51 AM

I don’t think we’ll be hearing from this tool much longer… he’ll be dropping out soon. If not after SC then definitely Florida.

Ted the Average on February 15, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Can there be a bigger dweeb, than Jeb Bush? So, it would be OK with you if a Republican controlled Congress, approved an ultra leftist, to SCOTUS, Jeb? Because we can count on Olympia Snowe, and other “Republicans”, to help the Democrats destroy the country, right Jeb !? Please, end your campaign, and retire to private life, Jeb.

kjatexas on February 15, 2016 at 10:22 AM

This is likely to be a big political fight. Bush is saying he doesn’t want to do any heavy lifting. This is why he’d never, ever get my vote.

BillCarson on February 15, 2016 at 1:07 PM

That response reeks of “I don’t care if the Supreme Court is conservative or liberal.” Very telling.

Is this the attitude I want in a Republican president? NO it isn’t.

sues on February 15, 2016 at 3:27 PM

Your statement is exactly why you should NEVER be president. Maybe, you could ask your brother. He knew how to handle the problem well.

Old Country Boy on February 15, 2016 at 9:25 PM

Jeb couldn’t govern in the movie “Idiocracy.”

NoPain on February 16, 2016 at 10:06 AM

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