As expected, the GOP is trying to create a constitutional crisis where none exists, and no one's trying harder than Ted Cruz:
Conservatives are warning President Obama against using a lame-duck session of Congress to push through Attorney General Eric Holder's replacement....You love the Constitution, don't you, Ted? You think "every word of the Constitution matters," right? Well, here are some straightforward, easy-to-understand words in the Constitution, specifically in the Seventeenth Amendment:
Republicans have repeatedly urged Democrats to refrain from pushing through any non-emergency legislation in a lame-duck session, arguing that lawmakers who have lost their seats would have no accountability.
That holds true for selecting Holder's replacement, said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a member of the Judiciary Committee, which will consider the eventual nomination.
"Allowing Democratic senators, many of whom will likely have just been defeated at the polls, to confirm Holder's successor would be an abuse of power that should not be countenanced," Cruz said.
The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years....Yes, "for six years" -- not "for six years minus the time between their defeat at the polls and the swearing-in of their successors." A senator who's lost a reelection bid is still a senator. The Constitution -- which you claim to hold sacred -- says so.
I know you don't like the Seventeenth Amendment. Well, Article I, Section 3 of the Constitution's main text, which was superseded by the Seventeenth Amendment, said the same thing -- the term is six years, period.
So even though we know your demagoguery on this is just beginning, you should drop it. If you don't you, hate the Constitution.