"He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he 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, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law"
Please observe that this section does not say, "with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, if they feel like getting off their damned asses long enough to do their job." The President is required by the Constitution to appoint a new Justice in the case of a vacancy, and the Senate is required to deal with it in a forthright manner, not turn it into a partisan political vendetta. Any Senator who refuses to do this is violating his sworn Constitutional duty, as anyone that can read English can see; and any Senator who refuses to do this is demonstrating that, despite endless blabbing about original intent, he cares absolutely nothing about the Constitution.
As if we were in any doubt about how much these jackasses really care about the Constitution.
And let's remember this part of Article 2, section 2:
"The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session."
It is high time that Obama make it clear that, if Republican Senators carry out their threats to damage the government, he will make use of this power, the minute they leave town to pander to their hate-filled base. And if that happens, I suggest he pick a Justice just as far to the left as Scalia was to the right. If such a character even exists.