Hugh Hewitt, Washington Examiner:
Lame duck presidents don’t get to make successful nominations for lifetime appointments in an election year. Not in 2016. Not for the past 80 years.
It is that simple. And it doesn’t matter who the president nominates — even if lightning struck and he nominated an originalist in the mold of the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
President Obama certainly has the authority to nominate a replacement for Scalia.
But the Senate Republicans are under no obligation to hold a hearing much less a vote on that nominee. The decision to deep freeze a nominee is a constitutional one, and a political decision, but it isn’t a difficult one. And to make it crystal clear, it isn’t about an individual but the institution of the court. Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared that there would be no confirmations this year even before President Obama declared he’d make a nomination anyway.