Two prominent and occasionally-somewhat-moderate Republican senators have joined Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in saying that President Obama should not name a replacement for Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia, a move that would leave a vacancy on the court for a year or more.
Ohio’s Rob Portman, who is running for re-election this fall:
And John McCain, who is up for re-election as well:
The next president will not be inaugurated until Jan. 20, 2017—and, of course, that president could be a Democrat, in which case Republicans might be dealing with a more liberal nominee than they’re expecting Obama to pick. (Here’s what would happen to pending Supreme Court cases in the absence of a ninth justice.)