May 1st, 2009
04:12 PM ET
2 years ago

McConnell: Nominee must put politics aside

(CNN) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called on President Obama Friday to choose a Supreme Court nominee who is "able to fulfill the judicial oath of applying the law without prejudice, and not decide cases based on their feelings or personal politics."

Full statement:

“I thank Justice Souter for his service and wish him well in his future endeavors once he leaves the Supreme Court.“I trust the President will choose a nominee for the upcoming vacancy based on their experience and even-handed reading of the law, and not their partisan leanings or ability to pass litmus tests. A Supreme Court nominee needs to be able to fulfill the judicial oath of applying the law without prejudice, and not decide cases based on their feelings or personal politics.

“Once there is a nominee, I will work to ensure that their record is thoroughly reviewed and that there is a full and fair debate.”


Filed under: David Souter
soundoff (156 Responses)
  1. Honest Abe

    I say pick someone way way way to the LEFT! A few more of those and we'll even things out. Cant believe these republican idiots are complaining (before anything even happens) after the Bush appointees???? Shut the .... up already!

    May 1, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  2. homas

    Sure, McConnell. Just like the Rushuglicans did. Dream on.

    May 1, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  3. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    These Republicans are in search of relevance.But I wouder if this attitude of theirs(stonwalling anything "liberal" will lead them to anywhere. For a long time to come the US will be a one-party democracy.
    Let it be known that freedom of choice is the absolute freedom in democracy because refusing to choose is choosing not to choose.

    May 1, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  4. John

    Republicans: For political judges until they were against political judges.

    May 1, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  5. Irma in North Carolina

    I dont know why this Jerk made that comment. All americans know they are going to say no anyway, what else can we expect from the republicans, they made them selves the party of no, so dont count on them for anything but saying no through the year 2016.

    May 1, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  6. IndependentfromTexas

    Yo Rethug.. back off. you made this country look bad now buzz off for a change. Let us fix the country to its glory once again where all people have the rights and a good living.

    May 1, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  7. Butch Dillon

    Screw McConnell! Obama should find the most liberal member from the 9th circuit and shoehorn it into the ranks of the supremes.

    May 1, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  8. Greg, PA

    Even handed? Sure... just like Roberts and Alito.

    May 1, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  9. Thanks Arlen

    The party of Panzis(Democrats) are so misinformed. A Republican President by the name of "Bush" picked Justice Souter(A left wing Liberal) to the Supreme court.
    Its called Bipartisanship. That is a foreign word to most Dems because all they want to do is blame everything on Bush and look backwards instead of moving this country forward.
    Please let me know if you ever hear a speech from Obama that actually doesnt blame Bush for the worlds problems. At some point you have to man up and lead this country instead of pointing fingers and blaming others.

    Man up Obama.

    May 1, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  10. T from MO

    I would like to point out that the Justices that offer judgment based only on the Constitution and not on their own personal experiences or their duty to represent the minority group to which they belong are labeled as "rabid right-wingers". As a matter of fact, that is the label applied to anyone who wishes this country would return to foundation on which it was built and derives their opinions based on logic and reasoning and not emotion. The proof lies here on these boards; the majority of liberal arguments are the product of their spiteful hatred of the right. The posts here are worse than those left by Giants fans on an Philadelphia Eagles board. Just continue reading and you will discover that the leftists leave the most stereotyping, vengeful and emotional posts on here.

    May 1, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  11. Little Miss Sunshine

    Well I'd really like for the President to nominate someone like Senator McConnell said, but it kind of irks me that he said that. I mean President Bush never nominated someone like that ... he nominated someone who would just pass his litmus test.

    May 1, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  12. Frank, Las Vegas

    The GOP so called leaders have certainly changed their tune, haven't they?

    "I trust the President will choose a nominee for the upcoming vacancy based on their experience and even-handed reading of the law, and not their partisan leanings or ability to pass litmus tests. A Supreme Court nominee needs to be able to fulfill the judicial oath of applying the law without prejudice, and not decide cases based on their feelings or personal politics."

    If they had practiced what they now preach. What's the word, let's see,... HYPOCRITES? With this surprise retirement, President Obama may get to appoint 3, maybe even 4 Supreme Court Justices. The poor GOP just doesn't know what to do. Sounds like it's time for them to start the fear and hate tactics again, not that they really ever stopped.

    May 1, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  13. Kelby In Houston, TX

    HEY! Do you remember that time that Bush tapped Harriet Miers to be on the Supreme Court? That was so funny and sad and depressing all at the same time.

    May 1, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  14. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    Not only must the Supreme Cournominee "put politics aside", but so must McConnell and his far right pals in the Senate.

    May 1, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  15. Mad Dog

    Translation......McConnell wants white conservative.............AIN"T gonna happen. Bush's two appointees set back the Supreme Court as an effefctive Branch. Let's see some conservative judges retire. That would amke the GOP squirm.

    McConnell .......why don't you call your mouthpiece Rush Limpball and see what he would suggest beyong his usual rant

    May 1, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  16. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    Not only must the Supreme Court nominee "put politics aside", but so must McConnell and his far right pals in the Senate.

    May 1, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  17. andrew kaye

    Mitch should just be quiet...we know where is going with his remarks..all he wants is another Scalia which he has NO chance of getting..say goodbye to right wing repressive court decisions....

    May 1, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  18. Anne E.

    Seriously, Mitch - "put politics aside"??? You mean like the 5 who gave GW his job back in '00??? How'd THAT work out???

    May 1, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  19. President Obama could walk on water and the Party of NO would still complain that he left footprints!

    If this bilge from the leader of the party of No was not so ironic it would be laughable.

    Let me guess, McConnell wants a nominee that will put the 10 Commandments in every public building, someone to reintroduce slavery, if it was ok in biblical times it surely is good today. Let's save a zygote but slice the heads off of all male children under one year old. Gays will be burned at the stake or crucified, their chose. Welfare recipents will be given a couple of sheckles and can beg in the street when that is gone. Remember the Bible is the "Word of God" not just a book of fables.

    But most of all remember the sinner is to be judged, NOT just by God but also by us "holier than thou christians"!

    McConnell would be a happy camper but anything less and they will fight every appointee submitted.

    May 1, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  20. John

    In other words McConnell, you hope he nominates someone who believes in regulating what a female does to her body.

    May 1, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  21. Rob

    The GOP wasn't concerned about bi-partisanship when they held the White House – now they are grumbling about the current administrations lack of of it.

    The GOP wasn't concerned about bi-partisanship when they held both houses of Congress – now they say that the current Congress are not doing enough compromise with the minority.

    The GOP wasn't concerned about bi-partisanship when they appointed Alito and Roberts to the court – but once again ...

    Who cares. It doesn't matter what the Democrats in Congress or The White House does, the GOP will be against it.

    Pure reactionary garbage.

    May 1, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  22. Mark

    For those of you complaining about Thomas, take another look, he is now the moderate branch of the court (I don't like him either). I hope the republicans gag on whoever gets nominated. Once Frnken gets seated they can all go hold their breath until they pass out and w don't get an assinine soundbite.

    May 1, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  23. dan

    "....choose a Supreme Court nominee who is "able to fulfill the judicial oath of applying the law without prejudice, and not decide cases based on their feelings or personal politics."

    So I guess that means he won't be able to pick a conservative judge.

    May 1, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  24. Chris in Va.

    You Repugs just can't get it through those thick Neanderthal skulls that anything you say or Rush tells you to think is irrelevant.

    You, by your own actions, have chosen to not be a part of our government, so sit quietly in the corner an snivel amongst yourselves, the adults have a lot of work to do.

    May 1, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  25. Dimples

    I would like to call on Mitch McConnell to put his feelings and personal politics away and not worry himself regarding the supreme court nominee. President Obama has it covered.

    May 1, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
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