President Obama dropped a bombshell today when he announced he will reveal his Supreme Court nominee to fill the vacancy of the late Justice Antonin Scalia later this morning.
“I’ve made my decision,” Obama said in an email sent to his supporters early Wednesday, according to ABC7. He plans to introduce his nominee at 11 a.m. in the White House Rose Garden, setting up a showdown with Senate Republicans, who have promised that they will not allow Obama to fill the Supreme Court vacancy during an election year.
In his email, Obama added that he has devoted a “considerable amount of time and deliberation to this decision,” and that he has consulted with various groups and experts.
“In putting forward a nominee today, I am fulfilling my constitutional duty. I’m doing my job,” Mr. Obama wrote. “I hope that our senators will do their jobs, and move quickly to consider my nominee.”
While this may sound nice, it doesn’t change the fact that the Republicans control the Senate, and the Senate must confirm any nominee. Since Republicans are determined to let the next president name Scalia’s replacement, it looks like Obama is wasting his time by naming this nominee.
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