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Supreme Irony: GOP Peddles Denial of Justice!

"Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied" ---(Attributed: William Gladstone, Dr. Martin Luther King, The Talmud, Magna Carta et al)

The Constitution of the United States of America

Article II, Section 2, Clause 2

The President shall nominate, and, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the Supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States...

Republicans have shown enormous respect for the Constitution of the United States of America and their hero Associate Justice Antonin Scalia by instantly using his death to demand that President Obama ignore the Constitution for the next 340 DAYS (93% of the 8th year of his elected presidential term) and NOT fulfill his constitutional obligation to appoint an Associate Justice to replace Justice Scalia.

In December 1987, President Ronald Reagan had 415 days left of his second presidential term and faced a Senate with a Democratic majority 55-45. He nominated Anthony Kennedy for the Supreme Court. The process careened through in a brisk 64 days. (Given that this spanned the Christmas and New Year holidays, the actual confirmation process was very swift indeed.) And despite the Democrats holding a 55-45 majority, the confirmation sailed through unopposed 97-0.

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President Ronald Reagan meets his Supreme Court nominee Anthony Kennedy in the Oval Office - November 1987. [Photo courtesy: Grecian Formula]

Much to the consternation of conservatives everywhere, I have pleasure in presenting here -- in chronological sequence -- the salient details of the nomination process of the last nine justices to be appointed to the Supreme Court. There was no single webpage I could find presenting this information in grid format. So I spent time researching and creating the information below. Cite it to all the conservatives you know. Nothing frazzles them like incontrovertible facts that show up their hypocrisy!

Note that the longest confirmation process of the last 30 years was 106 days for Clarence Thomas. The shortest was a breathtaking 24 days for John Roberts.

In other words it can be done. And it should be done.

And when conservatives bray and bleat their opposition to President Obama -- winner of the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections -- fulfilling his constitutional responsibilities there's a simple response:

Direct them to the words of that great conservative intellectual - George W. Bush: "Elections have consequences..."

Associate Justice Antonin Scalia

Trigger: Justice Rehnquist elevated to Chief Justice
Nominated by: President Ronald Reagan (R)
Nominated: June 17, 1986
Confirmed: September 17, 1986
State of Senate: Republicans: 53 • Democrats: 47
Confirmation Vote: 98-0
Time from nomination to confirmation: 91 days

Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy

Trigger: Retirement of Justice Lewis Powell
Nominated by: President Ronald Reagan (R)
Nominated: November 30, 1987
Confirmed: February 3, 1988
State of Senate: Democrats: 55 • Republicans: 45
Confirmation Vote: 97-0
Time from nomination to confirmation: 64 days

Associate Justice Clarence Thomas

Nominated by: President George H. W. Bush (R)
Trigger: Retirement of Justice Thurgood Marshall
Nominated: July 1, 1991
Confirmed: October 15, 1991
State of Senate: Democrats: 56 • Republicans: 44
Confirmation Vote: 52-48
Time from nomination to confirmation: 106 days

Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Nominated by: President Bill Clinton (D)
Trigger: Retirement of Justice Byron White
Nominated: June 14, 1993
Confirmed: August 10, 1993
State of Senate: Democrats: 57 • Republicans: 43
Confirmation Vote: 96-3
Time from nomination to confirmation: 56 days

Associate Justice Stephen Breyer

Nominated by: President Bill Clinton (D)
Trigger: Retirement of Justice Harry Blackmun
Nominated: May 13, 1994
Confirmed: August 3, 1994
State of Senate: Democrats: 57 • Republicans: 43
Confirmation Vote: 87-9
Time from nomination to confirmation: 81 days

Chief Justice John Roberts

Nominated by :President George W. Bush (R)
Trigger: Death of Chief Justice William Rehnquist
Nominated: Sept 5th, 2005
Confirmed: Sept 29 2005
State of Senate: Republicans: 55 • Democrats: 44
Confirmation Vote: 78-22
Time from nomination to confirmation: 24 days

Associate Justice Samuel Alito

Nominated by: President George W. Bush (R)
Trigger: Retirement of Sandra Day O'Connor
Nominated: October 31, 2005
Confirmed: January 31, 2006
State of Senate: Republicans: 55 • Democrats: 44
Confirmation Vote: 58-42
Time from nomination to confirmation: 91 days

Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Nominated by: President Barack Obama (D)
Trigger: Retirement of David Souter
Nominated: May 26, 2009
Confirmed: August 6, 2009
State of Senate: Democrats: 58 • Republicans: 40
Confirmation Vote: 68-31
Time from nomination to confirmation: 71 days

Associate Justice Elena Kagan

Nominated by: President Barack Obama (D)
Trigger: Retirement of John Paul Stevens
Nominated: May 10, 2010
Confirmed: August 5, 2010
State of Senate: Democrats: 57 • Republicans: 41
Confirmation Vote: 63-37
Time from nomination to confirmation: 86 days