EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - The news about the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia shook the legislative world immediately.
Over the ensuing days, many conservatives realized that this tragic event could dramatically change the political make-up of the Supreme Court. In recent years, the court has largely taken on a conservative tone, although there are plenty of instances where decisions have been more liberal in nature.
The job of replacing Scalia starts with President Barack Obama and his decision to nominate a candidate. It then goes to the Senate for discussion and a vote. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already stated that he doesn't feel the president should nominate anyone because his term is in its final year.
But it is certainly an option and Obama has stated his intent to nominate. Nearly all of the Republican presidential candidates have stated they do not want a nominee from Obama, assuming the nominee will have liberal viewpoints translating into liberal legal decisions. So, the president could go ahead and nominate a predictably liberal justice, taking the risk that they might be rejected or he could make that nomination with a candidate that is much more in the center.
It would force the Senate to consider them knowing that a Democratic winner in the 2016 presidential race could nominate someone more liberal putting the senate in an even more difficult spot. The need is that the highest judicial body in the nation needs to continue functioning and a respectable middle of the road nominee could be just what is needed and they would continue with the tone set by Scalia.