With the recent death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the political world has been in a frenzy.
Scalia was a conservative justice, and without him, the bench is evenly divided between four mostly liberal judges and four mostly conservative judges. The appointment of the next justice will have reverberations felt for a long time to come.
Naturally, this has caused violent arguments in Washington and beyond about what to do. Republicans in the Senate–who must provide consent on the presidential appointment, as laid out in the Constitution–have said they won’t even vote on any Obama nominee since it’s an election year.
Obama, for his part, has said “Come on, guys,” and “I’m sorry I did the same thing when I was in the Senate.”
Let’s see if we can work through some extreme scenarios to find the perfect compromise. Continue reading →