By Cherae Hunt | News Editor |
A few Supreme Justices are refusing to look at the nominees President Obama is nominating for a new supreme court judge after the recent death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
Obama vowed on Tuesday to name an “indisputably” qualified Supreme Court nominee and lashed out at Republicans who he said demanded a strict interpretation of the Constitution–except regarding his right to propose a new justice, according to CNN News.
On Tuesday, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) said that the Senate “might” actually grant a hearing for Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, even though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged not to hold a vote. Johnson told radio host John Howell that while he probably wouldn’t vote yes on Obama’s nominee, he’s open to a vote either way, according to thinkprogress.org.
Republicans would need to lose two votes on the Senate Judiciary Committee in order for Democrats to overcome the committee hurdle, because a 10-10 tie vote results in a failure to report the nomination, according to thefederalist.com.
“This is the Supreme Court and it’s going to get some attention. We have to ask ourselves as a society, a fundamental question, are we able to still make this democracy work the way it’s supposed to, the way our founders envisioned it?” Obama asked in a press conference in Rancho Mirage, California
Obama stopped short of tipping his hand in terms of who he would nominate. When asked whether his comments should be interpreted as suggesting a moderate, Obama said, “You shouldn’t assume anything about the qualifications of the nominee other than that they’re well qualified,” according to USA Today.