President Obama is on the lookout for the perfect person to replace the late Antonin Scalia in the Supreme Court, and he won't take just anyone.
According to his latest post on the SCOTUSBlog, Obama reiterated how he wants someone who will have a good amount of life experience and an "unassailable job history."
No pressure, folks.
"A sterling record. A deep respect for the judiciary's role. An understanding of the way the world really works. That's what I'm considering as I fulfill my constitutional duty to appoint a judge to our highest court," Obama wrote. "And as senators prepare to fulfill their constitutional responsibility to consider the person I appoint, I hope they'll move quickly to debate and then confirm this nominee so that the Court can continue to serve the American people at full strength."
The Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee, on the other hand, have vowed in a letter to "forgo hearings on the White House's selection" of a new member of the Supreme Court. This kind of blatant refusal is unheard of in the entire history of the Supreme Court.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stands firm in his opinion that they should wait to elect Scalia's replacement until after the 2016 presidential election.
History appears to be repeating itself, and not in a good way.
"I don't know how many times we need to keep saying this: The Judiciary Committee has unanimously recommended to me that there will be no hearing. I've said repeatedly and I'm now confident that my conference agrees that this decision ought to be made by the next president, whoever is elected," McConnell said Tuesday, adding later he was unlikely to even meet with Obama's nominee.
At the risk of sounding unprofessional, someone sounds a tad salty.
In typical fashion, though, Obama responded appropriately, repeating his broad criteria while keeping details about his selection process close at hand.
"Needless to say, this isn't something I take lightly," Obama wrote. "It's a decision to which I devote considerable time, deep reflection, careful deliberation, and serious consultation with legal experts, members of both political parties, and people across the political spectrum."
Those who have recently seen the president noted how seriously he is taking this new appointment. He has been seen with a large black binder divided into nine sections. Maybe this means he's narrowed down the list of candidates?
Vice President Joe Biden has urged Obama to choose a "consensus candidate" and not just a "liberal jurist."
Basically, don't give into peer pressure, Mr. President.
While there are several members currently serving on the US Court of Appeals, Biden is worried some have enjoyed broad Republican support, and appointing them to the higher Supreme Court opening might just be pandering to the loudest opinion.
"Because those cases are critical cases and there are several of them before them right now, I think he'll look elsewhere for a nominee," David Axelrod, former White House top advisor and now a CNN senior political commentator, said on "The Situation Room."
Axelrod suggested the President avoid picking from the Appeals Court pool altogether.
What is your take on the process, PopStars? Do you have a candidate in mind?