Dems Want Liberal Majority On Supreme Court, Trump Says No
Fortunately, Mr. Obama cannot appoint a Supreme Court justice by Executive Order.
US President Barack Hussein Obama should forgo nominating Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s successor to avoid the appearance of imbalance, The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward said Sunday.
“I think this is a potential minefield for everyone, including Hillary Clinton and the Obama White House,” Mr. Woodward said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Justice Scalia, 79 anni, died Saturday, with 11 months left months Mr. Obama’s term.
Republicans control the Senate, they must confirm any nominee. They say they will not confirm anyone nominated by Mr. Obama to replace the conservative Antonin Scalia.
Democrats want Mr. Obama to replace Justice Scalia quickly to swing the court’s 5-4 conservative balance to a liberal majority.
But, if Mr. Obama does that in an election year, the GOP nominee could persuade some independent voters that a vote for him will prevent radical changes in a divisive time.
“And in the world now of real voters, I think it is the persuadable voter or the independent who’s likely in a positive way to respond to the idea, yeah, let’s preserve the balance. Let’s not do anything radical,” he said.
Fortunately, Mr. Obama cannot appoint a Supreme Court justice by executive order.
“If you’re a Republican running and you can say, ‘Keep me there, balance is really important,’” he said. “This isn’t about the left or the right. This is about the center who’s going to decide the election.”
Supreme Court nominations are rare, so neither side has much data to rely on in determining precedents. History is also an unreliable guide as the nomination process has become significantly more politicized in recent years.
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, when asked what he would want: “Someone just like Justice Scalia.”
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