I read with great amusement Sen. Ron Johnson’s statement after his meeting with President Barack Obama’s nominee to fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court (“Johnson meets with, still opposes Garland,” May 11).
Johnson contends that the Senate shouldn’t consider the nominee because there is a presidential election this fall and to do so before the results are in would thwart the will of the people, even though the president was elected to a four-year term, which ends on January 20, 2017. That is to say, the president should cease to fulfill his constitutional duties today because his term ends after this November’s election.
Can we assume that Johnson will apply this same logic to himself and immediately refrain from casting votes in the Senate because his term also expires after the election? [emphasis mine]