Republican’s ridiculously claim, they will not let President Obama nominate the next Supreme Court justice to replace the empty seat left by Antonin Scalia. The court has been functioning with a wide split between liberals and conservatives and no swing vote to move the decision to one side or the other.
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham (R) summarized the Republican’s stubborn intent to thwart any nominee from this president. In an interview with the host of NBC’s “Meet The Press” Chuck Todd, Graham commented:
‘The person I admire the most is me. And if you nominated me [to the Supreme Court], I wouldn’t vote for me this year.’
The president has selected three candidates, according to Reuters. They are Judge Sri Srinvasan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Merrick Garland, the chief judge of the same court, and 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Paul Watford.
A term tossed around frequently by the legal types is “stare decisis,” which means the nominated person will respect what previous justices have done rather than undo their decisions. President Obama said:
‘It’s somebody who I want to make sure follows the Constitution; cares about things like stare decisis and precedent; understands the necessary humility of a judge at any level in looking at statute, looking at what the elected branches are doing; is not viewing themselves as making law or, in some ways, standing above elected representatives.’
Kansas Native Srinivasan, 49, would be the “first Indian-American and Hindu on the Supreme Court.” He was confirmed unanimously by the Senate in 2013 to the D.C. appeals court. He is a friend presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
Garland, 63, has a moderate reputation in Washington. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said in 2010 he would help Garland get confirmed if he was nominated.
Watford, 48, sits on the 9th Circuit in California and has a liberal reputation, but he may be more moderate. He would be only the third black Supreme Court justice.
President Obama initially preferred his solicitor general, Elena Kagan, but she declined, saying that she wanted to remain in her current job. She might not have wanted to go through another slashing nomination process.
Check out Lindsey Graham in the following video:
H/T: The Hill