What is written:
United States Constitution
The executive power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his office during the term of four years….
….He shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, judges of the Supreme Court, and all other officers of the United States, whose appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by law….
Apparently the President of the United States holds office and exercises executive powers for a full four year term. Included in that is the power to nominate individuals to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court.
What is said – Associate Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (March 4, 2008):
….I belong to a school of interpretation called ‘originalism’. Uh, sometimes people come up to me, screw up their faces and ask, ‘Justice Scalia. When did you first become an originalist?’ [laughter] Like it’s a terrible disease [laughter]….
….It used to be orthodoxy….
….The Constitution does not change. It means today what it originally meant when the people adopted it. Now, of course, you have to apply some of its provisions to new phenomena. In so far as it applies to existing phenomena, it’s the same. It does not morph….
“….In so far as it applies to existing phenomena, it’s the same. It does not morph….”
A press release from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (r), via Facebook:
….The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new President…
We’d all have to wait at least another year. Evidently not an originalist.
The world has changed (February 13, 2016)