Newt Gingrich this morning weighed in on the squabble for the successor of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
Justice Scalia, often hailed as a crusader of conservatism, died in his sleep on Saturday. He was 79.
But as tributes poured out to the legal icon, a battle was also brewing among politicians, who are concerned that President Obama’s nominated successor could wind up shifting the balance of the court.
Obama has said that he plans “to fulfill my constitutional responsibility to nominate a successor in due time.”
But Gingrich said that Obama, in the last year of his presidency, should “nominate somebody who’s in the Scalia tradition.”
“If he really wants to get somebody approved, sit down with Mitch McConnell and conservative senators,” urged the former House Speaker.
Gingrich said that while the president “has every right to recommend” a successor, “the Senate is not obligated to approve who he recommends.”
“Obama wants to send up a radical, to eliminate the Second Amendment right to bear arms, to eliminate religious liberty, to impose bigger government and more power in Washington,” he added.
“The Senate has no obligation to shift this court for the next 30 years radically to the left, in the last year of the Obama presidency.”