Barack Obama has plotted during his entire presidency to tip the balance of the Supreme Court far to the Left.

And when Justice Antonin Scalia tragically passed away, he pounced on the opportunity, nominating Justice Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals to fill the seat.

Despite hailing him as a “consensus pick”, Garland is a radical appointee.

He sided with the District of Columbia to uphold the city’s gun ban in the landmark Heller case.

In contrast, Justice Scalia held the opinion that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual’s right to own a firearm and overruled the District.

So it was a critical move by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell when he issued a statement announcing the Senate would not hold a confirmation vote – let alone a hearing – nor would they meet with anyone Obama nominated for the Supreme Court.

Many pundits believed this was just tough talk intended to set the stage for bi-partisan negotiations with the Republican blockade cracking under pressure once a nominee was named.

Appearing on Meet the Press, Majority Leader McConnell was questioned about holding a vote or hearing on Garland’s nomination.

CNS News reports:

“McConnell indicated on “Meet the Press” that he would hold no vote on a Supreme Court nomination during the regular session of the Senate before this November’s elections and that he would hold no vote on a Supreme Court nomination during a lame-duck session held after the election and before the new Congress and new president are sworn into office next January.

“But we’re not giving a lifetime appointment to this president on the way out the door to change the Supreme Court for the next 25 or 30 years,” McConnell said.

“We’re not going to be confirming a judge to the Supreme Court under this president,” he said.”

While Democrats demand a hearing and vote, Republicans are sticking to the Biden rule.

When Vice President Joe Biden was a Senator from Delaware, he delivered a speech in 1992 asserting that the Senate should not consider any Supreme Court nominations made by (formerly) President George H.W. Bush during an election year.

Biden said:

“It is my view that if a Supreme Court justice resigns tomorrow or within the next several weeks, or resigns at the end of the summer, President Bush should consider following the practice of a majority of his predecessors and not, and not, name a nominee until after the November election is completed,…The Senate, too, Mr. President, must consider how it would respond to a Supreme Court vacancy that would occur in the full throes of an election year.”

Democrats led by Barack Obama should be counted on to amp-up the pressure on Republicans to force a confirmation vote.

Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign is sinking under the weight of the FBI investigation surrounding her use of a private email server.

Should the Republican candidate win the White House, conservatives would have a once-in-a-generation chance to secure a strong majority in the Supreme Court and dismantle the Left’s agenda.

Roe v. Wade.

Affirmative action.

Illegal executive amnesty.

Gun control.

Attacks on religious liberty.

All would be on the table at the next court term.

And should Obama raise the blinds in the Left’s favor, it would guarantee that abortions on demand, racial quotas, executive amnesty, gun control and attacks on Christians would be enshrined in American law.

So of course Obama is desperate to achieve one last legacy on his way out the door.

Republicans believe this decision should be made by the American people and hashed out in the presidential election.

Obama has been punked out by Republicans — but will their resolve last?

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