It is difficult in the midst of today’s noxious political air to keep our heads clear. We all agree that Washington is dysfunctional, though we disagree on the cause. And we all agree that the Supreme Court is a crucial part of the governmental triad by which the necessary checks and balances are maintained, though we disagree on whether the Court should be treated as the “judicial arm” of one political party or another.
The Constitution gives Congress no control over the Court. It is equal to and independent of the Congressional and the Executive branches of government.
When Cruz, Burr, McCain and other republican leaders vow never to accept a Clinton nominee to the Court, they are proving just as clearly as we could imagine that they have absolutely no use for the Constitution. They view the Court in purely political terms and thus prove that the Constitution has no value for them except when it supports one of their own ideas.
If the Republicans despise the Constitution, do they not despise America itself? Is it credible, is it rational for someone to reject the Constitution and still claim to want to make America great again?
The Democrats have made their own contributions to the current abuse of the Constitution but they have come far short of proclaiming in advance that they will reject their Constitutional duty to fairly consider Court nominees.
Republican rejection of the Constitution is treasonous. Period.