Lets say they hold steadfast to their idea that we should wait until the next election (which is code for lets wait until we have a republican president) and Hillary or Bernie wins in 2016.
Can republicans just leave that supreme court seat vacant for the next 5 years, and try to wait it out until 2021 hoping they have a republican president in 2021?
I’m not saying they will, I’m saying is there anything that would prohibit them from doing it other than cultural pushback? Is there anything in the constitution that sets a time limit until a judge has to be appointed? Or can judge positions go unfulfilled for years/decades? Does it matter what position (district court, appellate, supreme court)?