Less than 24 hours after Justice Scalia's death was made public, Sen. Richard Shelby boasted that he would oppose any attempt by Pres. Obama to name a successor. If you have a problem with that, let him hear from you.
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On the same day that the public learned of the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, you used the tragedy for your own political gain. Less than 24 hours after Americans learned of this blow to the Supreme Court, you proudly proclaimed that you would oppose any attempt by President Obama to name a successor. This may have worked nicely with your marketing team's attempt to promote you as the guy who "stands up to Obama." But it is also, and unfortunately, conduct unbecoming of a decent human being, much less of a U.S. senator. I would like to remind you that filling the position and keeping the nation's highest Court functioning is one of the president's duties. Just as it is the duty of the Senate to aid, rather than obstruct, in this critical process. You obviously understood this once, when you voted to confirm President Reagan's choice of Anthony Kennedy as a justice. And in case you've forgotten, this was done during Reagan's final year in office. Please do the job you were elected to do. Please be a statesman. And resist the urge to be just another self-serving politician.
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