Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death on Saturday sent shockwaves through both sides of the partisan divide with promises coming from President Obama and threats coming from the right Monday, it was comedian Seth Meyers’ opportunity to take a “Closer Look.”
While Scalia was known for using colorful language like “jiggery-pokery,” “pure applesauce” and “argle-bargle,” but before anyone was nominated to replace Scalia, it was Senate Leader Mitch McConnell who was letting lose on the jiggery-pokery. “The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice,” McConnell said in a statement. “Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.” But Meyers assured that it is in times of loss sometimes the faith can provide us with what we need. “What better way to begin the process of healing, than with a sober discussion of our nation’s future,” Meyers said. “And at Saturday’s debate, Republicans were calm and dignified,” and then he ran the clip of what actually happened. Chaos and insanity.
Meyers walked through the reasons that republican candidates for President gave for not allowing Barack Obama, despite holding the Office of the President, shouldn’t be allowed to appoint a new Justice. Rubio, for example, things that we should interpret the Constitution the way it was originally meant. “Except for the part that says ‘[The President] shall nominate… Judges of the Supreme Court. Everyone knows that part was supposed to be sarcastic,” Meyers said mocking Rubio. “Which is why the founders followed it with a shrug emoji.”
Then there was Kasich who tried to explain why not appointing someone is more patriotic. “Republicans?! Do you really not expect Obama to even try to appoint someone? Your party might nominate this guy!” Meyers said pointing to a photo of Donald Trump. “And then we could end up with Supreme Court Justice Gary Busey!”
“So Obama wants to do his job, meanwhile, Republicans like Rubio are saying that they won’t even try to do theirs… But blocking any nominee until after the election could be a huge risk for the Republicans. Sure, Obama might not nominate their ideal choice but President Bernie Sanders might nominate Ben or worse Jerry,” Meyers said of the Vermont ice cream geniuses. As for Hillary Clinton, when asked at a campaign rally last week if she would nominate President Obama she said that it was a great idea and she loved it. “Can you imagine President Hillary Clinton coming into office a year from now and appointing Barack Obama to the Supreme Court? Honestly, it’s worth it just to see Ted Cruz’s head explode!”
As for what the GOP would choose? “I’m sure we can rely on them to make a calm, sober decision,” Meyers said rolling the clip of the GOP losing their minds in Saturday’s debate.
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