Here is the last graph of an op-ed piece in today’s NYT by Utah’s extremely Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch. It argues that Scalia’s replacement should wait until after the election:
Considering a nominee in the midst of a toxic presidential election would be irresponsible. Doing so would only further inject a circus atmosphere into an already politicized confirmation process. Conducting a thoughtful and substantive deliberation after the election is in the best interests of the Senate, the judiciary and the country.
Everybody loves the circus. You need no further proof than the up and coming billionaire circus barker Donald J. Trump. The man with the ORANGE hair is the chief Republican ticket seller and promises to transmogrify the Grand Old Party into the party of the Living Dead. You know this has already begun. Just look at Gov. Chris Christie, his hollow eyes looking but not seeing. At least the Living Dead will not perpetuate the Republican Senate’s favorite fiction that it does anything or stands for anything. It will dispense with the platitudes piled high with arrogance and topped with a thick layer of hypocrisy. Can anyone remember when the Senate engaged in “thoughtful and substantive deliberation”? Certainly not in this century and likely long before Hatch came to it in 1977. “Thoughtful and substantive deliberation” in the context of the current United States Senate is an oxymoron for the ages. At least, with the Living Dead, what you see is what you get.