Following the letter written yesterday and endorsed by all the Republican members of the Senate judiciary committee stating they would block any and all of President Obama’s Supreme Court nominees before the president could even offer a single name, the president penned a guest post this morning on SCOTUSBlog, titled A Responsibility I Take Seriously.
Rather than call out the committee directly, the president chooses to situate the post within a world where presidents elected by the people to serve a set term are able to fulfill their constitutionally-granted duties for the entire length of that term.
“I thought I’d share some spoiler-free insights into what I think about before appointing the person who will be our next Supreme Court Justice,” writes the president before listing three qualities he will look for in the next justice.
He concludes with a tl;dr summation of those qualities, along with a subliminally resonant use of the word constitution.
A sterling record. A deep respect for the judiciary’s role. An understanding of the way the world really works. That’s what I’m considering as I fulfill my constitutional duty to appoint a judge to our highest court. And as Senators prepare to fulfill their constitutional responsibility to consider the person I appoint, I hope they’ll move quickly to debate and then confirm this nominee so that the Court can continue to serve the American people at full strength.
That the president chose the SCOTUSBlog as his journalistic forum of choice to expound on a judicial topic makes it all the more peculiar that the Supreme Court will not grant press credentials to the blog, even if they do have a workaround in credentialed reporter Lyle Denniston.