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. Ted Tartaglia

    Mitch McConnell is a fool. All Republican nominees to any court had to pass an extreme right wing litmus test before they were selected. Now McConnell wants the Democrats to put partisanship aside. There is no evidence that Republicans have put partisanship aside since Obama was inaugerated as they have rejected every proposal the Obama administration has put forward by voting NO. The party of NO seems to have a very warped outlook pertaining to partisanship and McConnell is a moron if he thinks the Democrats will endorse his hypocrisy.

    The Grand Obstructionist Party is a joke!

    May 1, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  2. debbie

    What a freaking hypocrite. I am flaggergasted that this person would make such a bald-faced call like this after the GOP's litmus test is politics FIRST.

    We know what happens when a politically-charged SCOTUS is seated – we get eight years of HELL behind GWB.

    May 1, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  3. Darth

    "...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."

    Apparently this only applies for Republicans when a Democrat is nominating supreme court justices. Who is more politically motivated and biased than Anton Scalia? The right-wing tries to stack the court with bias and whines when they don't have any control over who gets nominated.

    May 1, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  4. Dee, NJ

    Mitch, the Obama Family are Lawyer's! Big "O", as a student, teacher, and Lawyer he will do it right!

    May 1, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  5. frank

    Where are they with their Press Confrences....Where is John Mccain or Mitch Mcconell?

    LooL looks like they are left by only passing notes....

    Where is their Power?

    May 1, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  6. Nick L.

    Who the hell cares what McConnell says or thinks now, since it's clear that come time for the hearings, even if Obama was to put a Scalia type conservative McConnell the GOP and the Rush crowd will do what they have been doing since they have all finally found religion these last 4 months… just saying NO to everything Obama.

    May 1, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  7. james

    In your dreams, McConnell. Just like Bush picked justices who favored his twisted ideology, Obama is now free to choose who better reflects the thoughts and concerns of mainstream America. The ones who suffered under years of Republican tyranny. Teabag that McConnell!!

    May 1, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  8. J S Ragman

    Just what we need! Someone that thinks like some narrow-minded pea brain like Mitch McConnell. Fat chance Repugs. I hope Obama picks the most liberal judge available.

    May 1, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  9. Give me a chance

    If that is what he wants then he needs to get rid of every Judge in the Supreme court and nominate Judge Judy

    May 1, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  10. Arlene, Roselle, Illinois

    I see the Republican, McConnell AKA Fox News has spoken

    and has he cleared it with Hannity, Beck and Rove.

    May 1, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  11. Eugene

    Given the ideological, lock-step assortment of recent GOP nominees to the Supreme Court, any comments by Republicans on this subject are ill-advised, especially when they call for a nominee who is middle of the road.

    May 1, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  12. Stacey, California

    Farrell, I truly agree with your statement. Where was this guy when McCain and scronies picked Palin.

    May 1, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  13. Sara

    McConnell Loves being in the Camera saying Nothing! Go away. He reminds me of an "alien".

    May 1, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  14. Shirley In California

    OUR president knows his job. He is educated and familiar with the role he has to handle. Please don't try to slyly threaten him. He will pick who he wants to with or without your consent.

    Enough.

    May 1, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  15. Ellen

    He doesn't choke when he says this crap????? Are you kidding me? No matter who Obama picks, if he/she isn't a right-of-center, anti-abortion, pro-business person, McConnell will be the first to begin the hue and cry against whoever it is.

    May 1, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  16. Richie

    Like who, John Roberts who trips President during the oath taking?

    I think Republicans need not to advice us, they have no idea. I will reconsider them if they come on Television and apologize for taking this country to war by lying and many many Americans and Iraqi's died!

    May 1, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  17. Ryan

    McConnell need to put politics aside since he voted against Amendment:S.Amdt. 1014: To prevent mortgage foreclosures and preserve home values. Bottom line, I dont even know why he is so concerning about the law and etc when he should be listening to his people.

    May 1, 2009 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  18. Republicans Suck

    Hahahahaha, why don't REPUBLICANS try this? The party of 'No' is a complete failure. Remember the Republican party is the party that wrecked America.

    May 1, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  19. BandonGolfer

    I missed the press conference. Did McConnell remember to put his teeth in this time?

    What McConnell thinks of the nominee is about as important as what Hulk Hogan thinks of the nominee. Virtually anyone Obama nominates has 60 votes for confirmation in the fall.

    A female nominee gets an almost automatic 65 when you count Olympia, Susan, KayB, and a few remaining blue-state Rs like Lugar.

    As the Reps no longer matter, look for grand Kabuki Theater in opposition to the nominee, who no doubt will be termed "the most liberal in history!!!". It's all about fundraising.

    May 1, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  20. Joanna

    Right.
    Bush stacked the deck with his anti-choice/anti-science buddies, but now the GOP is shrilling about "the dispassionate application of the law" and putting aside personal politics/feelings.
    Right....for the love of God, when will these "people" just go away and let the rest of us live our lives in peace?

    May 1, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  21. dittohead using forty names

    @Pragmatic.The water down there is high in calcium,which clogs braincell activity and normal thinking processes.I have tested it on mice and they all have began to like Country and Western Music.

    May 1, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  22. Bhaskar

    Is this message coming from the leader of a party whose slogan is – NO WE CAN'T!?

    May 1, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  23. Tom

    So glad you're on the case, Mitch. Especially after your party gave us Roberts, Alito, Thomas, and Scalia, we know you're all about the integrity and nonpartisanship. We wouldn't any justices who might, you know, decide an election or anything...

    May 1, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  24. Tom Mathew

    Unbelievable! The gall that the Republicans and their "leaders" have even suggesting "bipartisanship" should rule in the selection of the next Supreme Court Judge. Alito, Roberts,Thomas....almost Bork..ed; its truly laughable. Obama should not waste any more time on bipartisanship than he's already done and forge ahead with his mandate from the people and the congressional majority the dems enjoy and do the right thing ..appoint the best jurist in the country that will in his mind do the best job for us all. Please Republicans, just go away!!

    May 1, 2009 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  25. Carl Justus

    How can McConnell say anything about partisan leanings after Roberts and Alito, especially Alito. What about Scalia and Thomas there is no one on the court that can close to those two who remake the constitution on every decission.

    I would say the entire supreme court is does not look at the constitution as they should, if they did there would be few 5 to 4 decissions. They would be more like 8 to 1 or 7 to 2.

    Those 5 to 4 decissions are along political lines instead of the law lines.

    May 1, 2009 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
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