Who will Obama choose as Scalia’s successor?
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Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Antonin Scalia, passed away on February 13th.. With this sudden, unexpected death, President Obama has to nominate Antonin’s successor. The outcome of Obama’s decision can be either positive or negative based on your political views.This is the first time in over four decades that the Supreme Court can have a liberal majority. This is a big step due to Obama’s liberal views and likeliness of choosing a liberal successor and how conservatives are reacting towards the chances of no longer having the higher power in the Supreme Court.
Since Obama’s term is coming to an end, it is a popular opinion by conservatives that Obama should not appoint a new associate justice and should leave the decision to the next president, based on their political party. This can be seen as not such a good idea towards President Obama because the Supreme Court helps settle decisions on things like climate change, women’s reproductive rights, and rights of the LGBT community. These are things that Obama wanted to help improve, but wasn’t able to due to the conservative majority in the House and Senate.
President Obama is likely to make a responsible decision on whom he chooses to be Scalia’s successor and will be the right choice for now and the future to come. “It is my intention to nominate somebody who has impeccable credentials, somebody who should be a consensus candidate, is deserving to be on the Supreme Court, and I will continue to challenge the Republicans in the Senate who suggest somehow that they don’t have to do their job in providing that the nominee hearing and a vote,” said Obama to the CNN press.