Looks like Illinois GOP Sen. Mark Kirk won’t be following Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s lead when it comes to Obama’s potential SCOTUS nominations:

More from National Review:

In a Chicago Sun-Times op-ed posted moments ago, Kirk argues that, in the spirit of honoring the late Justice Antonin Scalia, Republicans should place the Constitution before their party.

“I recognize the right of the President, be it Republican or Democrat, to place before the Senate a nominee for the Supreme Court and I fully expect and look forward to President Obama advancing a nominee for the Senate to consider,” he writes.

“I also recognize my duty as a Senator to either vote in support or opposition to that nominee following a fair and thorough hearing along with a complete and transparent release of all requested information. The Senate’s role in providing advice and consent is as important and significant as the President’s role in proposing a nominee.”

“Will and Grace” and “Mysteries of Laura” actress Debra Messing, for one, wholeheartedly approves:

Hmmm … she might want to have some chats with Chuck Schumer and Joe Biden about that.