Watch Ronald Reagan Argue That Filling Supreme Court Vacancy Is "A Constitutional Obligation"

Going against the gospel word of Ronald Reagan is considered a cardinal sin in conservative circles -- a sin busily being committed as Republicans denounce President Obama for wanting to nominate a supreme court justice to fill the vacancy left by Justice Scalia.
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Going against the gospel word of Ronald Reagan is considered a cardinal sin in conservative circles -- a sin busily being committed as Republicans denounce President Obama for wanting to nominate a supreme court justice to fill the vacancy left by Justice Scalia.
Ronald Reagan

Not that facts or reality have any bearing on positions held by modern Republicans whatsoever, but going against the gospel word of Ronald Reagan is considered a cardinal sin in conservative circles -- a sin busily being committed as Republicans denounce President Obama for wanting to nominate a supreme court justice to fill the vacancy left by Justice Scalia.

In this video from 1987, you can hear Ronald Reagan explicitly arguing that nominating Judge Anthony Kennedy to fill the vacancy left by Justice Powell after he retired was a in fact, a constitutional obligation. With only a year left in his presidency, Reagan appealed to Democrats to  "join together in a bipartisan effort to fulfill our constitutional obligation of restoring the US Supreme Court to full strength."

Sounds like a rather familiar scenario..: