On Meet the Press, Rubio again insisted that there should be no nominations from a “president nearing the last few months of his administration.”
“Do presidential terms end after three years?” NBC host Chuck Todd shot back at the candidate.
“There comes a point in the last year of the president, especially in their second term, where you stop nominating,” Rubio said. “You basically say, at this point, with a few months left in your term, no accountability from the ballot box on the appointment you’re going to make — on a lifetime appointment.”
“Eleven months!” Todd interrupted.
Fox News host Chris Wallace asked Rubio if he believed no president should be able to make second term Supreme Court appointments.
“I’m not saying it’s illegal,” Rubio replied. “I think we should wait until after November before we move forward on confirming any justice to the Supreme Court.”
Wallace reminded Rubio that President Ronald Reagan appointed Anthony Kennedy to the Supreme Court in his final year in office.
“It doesn’t really matter what Reagan did back in ’87,” Rubio opined. “I think the president should allow the next president to appoint the justice to the Supreme Court, and if it’s me — and I anticipate that it will be — I’m going to look for someone in the mold of Justice Scalia, who while irreplaceable, I think is a model jurist and one of the great jurists in American history.”
Of course Marco Rubio is going to insist he gets the opportunity to nominate another Scalia in 2017. He working the refs here to make sure that this happens. Unfortunately, he and Ted Cruz are in position to make sure no confirmation vote happens, and there's little that Obama can do about it.
There is a lot, however, that voters can do about it in November. The question is will they finally decided to punish the GOP?
I wouldn't hold your breath on that.