Two prominent and occasionally-somewhat-moderate Republican senators have joined Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in saying that President Obama should not name a replacement for Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia, a move that would leave a vacancy on the court for a year or more.
Ohio's Rob Portman, who is running for re-election this fall:
I believe the best thing for the country is to trust the American people to weigh in on who should make a lifetime appointment (1/2)— Rob Portman (@senrobportman) February 15, 2016
that could reshape the Supreme Court for generations. Read my full statement here: https://t.co/odkwMrVy2T (2/2)— Rob Portman (@senrobportman) February 15, 2016
And John McCain, who is up for re-election as well:
The next president will not be inaugurated until Jan. 20, 2017—and, of course, that president could be a Democrat, in which case Republicans might be dealing with a more liberal nominee than they're expecting Obama to pick. (Here's what would happen to pending Supreme Court cases in the absence of a ninth justice.)