Antonin Scalia- Former conservative US Supreme Court Judge who passed away on February 13th, 2016, leaving an empty spot in the Supreme Court.
President Obama- The current lame duck, Democratic President of the United States.
The Senate- Currently controlled by the Republican Party.
There’s been much argument about how and when the next Supreme Court Justice should be chosen. Democrats and Republicans clash as each party wants their respective party represented. Some Republicans have argued the nominee should be elected after Obama leaves office—this is good news for conservatives, who might have a chance if a Republican takes office as president next term.
The Senate usually works with the President to decide the next Justice. However, some have questioned this method of election.
The next Supreme Court Justice is at risk of not being chosen until January 2017. With all the commotion and roadblocks to inducting our next Supreme Court Justice, it is not too far fetched to propose the nomination up for a vote amongst the public. The Constitution never advised against this—it’s perfectly constitutional and feasible.
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