It is the president's obligation to fill vacancies on the federal bench and the Senate's duty to provide "advice and consent" on those nominations. The Appointments Clause of the Constitution is straightforward, and does not contain a limit on the president's power to fill vacancies on the federal bench, especially of the kind Republicans are now demanding.
The unexpected death of Justice Antonin Scalia and the resulting Supreme Court vacancy has rattled a political system already destabilized by what is shaping up to be a bizarre political campaign.
Imagine the Supreme Court deciding more than 100 cases without its full complement of nine Justices. Imagine this closely divided Court splitting 4-4 in many of those cases, meaning that it cannot issue a decision that provides binding law for the whole country.
With the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the November election may decide the fate of all three branches of the United States government. That's a pretty unique situation, and it may boost turnout on both sides of the aisle.
Almost immediately upon hearing the shocking news that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia had unexpectedly died Saturday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would not permit the president to fill the court seat. This is a new one.
Despite knowing President Barack Obama has the right and obligation to nominate Scalia's successor, all the Republican presidential candidates and many others on that side of the aisle have called for the [resident to defer nominating anyone for a year so the next president can make the selection.
Their immediate, unjustified, and wholly partisan warning to the president not to nominate a successor to Scalia was disgraceful. It reveals the Republicans' utter commitment to their own power, regardless of how it shreds the American political tradition.
Republicans feel they own the Scalia court position. Their comments and actions are consistent with the partisan war they have been waging in Washington from the day President Obama was first sworn in to office.
President Obama has announced his intention to submit to the Senate a nominee to fill the vacancy on the Court. Once he has done so, it is the Senate's constitutional responsibility to act timely on that nomination.
Gathered from select Twitter, Wikipedia, SCOTUSblog, and Google searches, here is a Supreme Court FAQ of what happens next following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
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