Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday flatly rejected any person President Barack Obama nominates to the Supreme Court following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, saying the voters should decide.
"I can now confidently say the view shared by virtually everyone in my conference is that the nomination should be made by the president who the people elect in the election that is underway right now," McConnell said. “No one from the Senate will hold hearings or meet with any nominee the president offers”.
Republican Policy Committee Chair John Barrasso (R-WY) noted unequivocally that, “Senate Republicans will not even meet the nominee at their office or have lunch together, even if the nominee pays.” Senator Barrasso, the senior Senator from Wyoming, continued, “...we will not have a meal, or make a deal and that’s for real.”
“Yup, that is the truth,” added Majority Whip Cornyn, John(R-TX). “No one here is going to shake the hand of an Obama nominee, share a burger at Five Guys, or even nod to him even we run into him in the hallways of the Russell Senate Office Building. Who we wave to or fist bump or high five in the hallways, should be up to the American people come November.”
Republican Conference Vice Chair Roy Blunt (R-MO) went even further by, “unfriending any and all possible Obama nominees from FaceBook. I’ve even taken to blocking anyone who is a judge anywhere in the world from my Twitter feed.”