Supreme Court nomination

Following the death of death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, President Obama has nominated Merrick Garland to fill the seat. This has stirred much controversy between the Democratic and Republican parties, as numerous Republicans have refused to consider the President’s nomination. A majority of the Senate is Republican, so a large part of the Senate is fearful that court would drastically shift to a more liberal focal point. Some members of the Republican Party have gone so far as to say that President Obama does not have the authority to make a nomination. However, these claims are false  because there is a clear Constitutional right granted to the President of the United States for nominating a Supreme Court justice.

Many members of the Senate wanted to wait until the next president is elected for a nomination to be made, however President Obama thought Judge Garland would be a perfect fit for current American politics. “At a time when our politics are so polarized, at a time when norms and customs of political rhetoric and courtesy and comity are so often treated like they’re disposable, this is precisely the time when we should play it straight,” Mr. Obama told an audience that included Judge Garland’s family, Democratic Senators and liberal activists. Some Republicans are open to the idea of Garland as the new leader of the Supreme Court. Current Republican presidential candidate, and Ohio Governor, John Kasich said, “Frankly, they probably ought to all sit down and meet with the guy.”

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