LePage on Obama on Scalia

Gov. Paul LePage speaks at the maine GOP convention, Sunday, 6 May 2012. (Detail of photo by Robert F. Bukaty/AP Photo)

All things considered, this is actually not unexpected. Well, you know.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage on Thursday added his voice to the ongoing debate regarding the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy created with the unexpected death of Justice Antonin Scalia last Saturday.

LePage sided with former governor and U.S. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, saying President Barack Obama should nominate a replacement for Scalia.

“I’m a big constitutionalist,” LePage said. “If it’s in the Constitution, I think it means something.”

(Thistle)

That is to say, Governor LePage managed to get one rightα. Then again, this one is pretty easy.

Still, though, it seems rather quite funny. To wit, as Harper Neidig reports it for The Hill:

Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. (Detail of photo by Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)Gov. Paul LePage of Maine broke from his Republican colleagues Thursday, saying President Obama has a constitutional duty to nominate a successor to the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

“I’m a big constitutionalist,” LePage told the Maine Sun Journal. “If it’s in the Constitution, I think it means something.”

LePage has gained national attention for making controversial comments. Last month, he called for public executions by guillotine of convicted murderers. He also warned that drug dealers named “D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty” were bringing drugs into his state and impregnating “young, white” girls.

Yeah. That guy. Senate Republicans need to take a moment with the mirror. When Paul LePage is one up on you, one might expect such a circumstance to, you know, mean something.

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α For those unacquainted with Mr. LePage’s relationship with ideas constitutional, we might simply recall the time he allowed sixty-five bills to pass because he did not understand the pocket veto.

Image notes: Top ― Gov. Paul LePage (R-ME). (Detail of photo by Robert F. Bukaty/AP Photo) Right ― Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. (Detail of photo by Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

Benen, Steve. “GOP tries to make up Supreme Court ‘tradition’ that doesn’t exist”. msnbc. 19 February 2016.

Mistler, Steve. “Maine’s highest court: LePage’s vetoes came too late, so 65 laws stand”. Portland Press Herald. 6 August 2015.

Neidig, Harper. “Maine governor: Obama should nominate SCOTUS replacement”. The Hill. 18 February 2016.

—————. “McConnell: Don’t replace Scalia until after election”. The Hill. 13 February 2016.

Shepherd, Michael. “LePage inaction may inadvertently allow bills to become law”. Portland Press Herald. 8 July 2016.

Thistle, Scott. “LePage says Congress should follow Constitution on Supreme Court vacancy”. Maine Sun Journal. 18 February 2016.

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