Violating the Spirit of the Constitution
(in the Spirit of Mitch McConnell)
Brave Senator, tilting at windmills
With motives supposedly pure
Lead as intended, as elected
Stop your stupid dance around the rules
Do you expect garland because
You won’t hear Garland?
Tend to your duties!
When all seats are filled, the United States Supreme Court has nine Justices. The death of Antonin Scalia in February 2016 left one vacant seat on the bench. Candidates for the position are nominated by the President of the United States and must face a series of hearings in which both the nominee and other witnesses make statements and answer questions before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Immediately following President Obama’s nomination of Merrrick Garland to fill the vacancy, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reiterated that the Senate would simply treat the nomination as if it didn’t exist. The Republican members of the Senate are holding out for the results of the November 2016 Presidential election, with the hope that Republican Donald Trump will win, thus giving Republicans the opportunity to have one of their own make the nomination for Supreme Court Justice in January.