Here's the news (via AZBlueMeanie's post at Blog for Arizona).
Every Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, the panel responsible for evaluating judicial nominees in detail, met in private this morning with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). Soon after, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a longtime committee member, told the Associated Press the GOP group came to an agreement: there would be no hearing, no vote, and no confirmation of any nominee, regardless of merit or qualifications.
In this unconditional rejection of a constitutionally mandated process ("shall"), the GOP Senators have abandoned their oaths of office and their constitutional duties.
Here is more from the NY Times. The Times calls the GOP's response to any possible nominee "shunned."
“What is remarkable is the opposition is not to a particular candidate or even to the notion Obama will only nominate someone too extreme, but that he should not have any right to have a nomination considered,” said Julian E. Zelizer, a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University.
[The Senate's moves] even before Mr. Obama put forward a choice for the court, has the Senate into unprecedented territory: Senators meet with high-court nominees as matters of courtesy and cordiality, but even that tradition has been rejected.
Another way to look at it: the GOP has just declared war on the US constitution.
There's more in another NY Times report.