Justice Antonin Scalia died Saturday at the age of 79. No one knows who will take his place. A battle brews between the Republican and Democratic parties, who are both fighting for different outcomes.
It is President Obama’s every intention to nominate the next justice. However, Senate Republicans argue that 11 months is not enough time to appoint a new judge.
Scalia was an outspoken conservative, and the Republican Senate also sees a problem with Obama appointing another Democrat (he has already appointed two — Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan): it could shift the political balance on the Supreme Court, which would cause catastrophic consequences.
Therefore, the Republican Senate believes the best solution for the country is to wait for the next president in November to make a decision.
The Democratic Senate argues that the seat cannot remain unfilled for a year. That has never happened in history.
White house officials have declined to give further guidance on the timing of the nomination.