The Nomination Plot Thickens

I’ve obsessively read as much as I could find over the weekend about the upcoming confirmation battle to replace the late Justice Scalia. And there is much to read. Saturday’s news and what unfolds over the next weeks will be the subject of many books, if not movies, to come.

  • Scott Greenfield focuses on two things: (1) the President’s Constitutional duty to submit a nominee and (2) the fact that political operatives did not observe much of a respectful time before beginning to maneuver.
  • The NY Times has an editorial up arguing that Senator McConnell may suffer negative political consequences for categorically refusing to allow the Senate to even vote on a nominee.
  • Just where is that ranch anyway? USA Today ran a story today about Justice Scalia’s final hours and about the ranch where he was staying.
  • Bill Rankin has a blog post up regarding Justice Nahmias’s reaction as former law clerk to Justice Scalia.
  • The Wall Street Journal has much inside baseball nomination analysis.
  • Slate and many others have some analysis up about what happens in the event of a 4-4 tie on a vote (bound to happen).
  • Needless to say, this event is right in the SCOTUS Blog’s wheelhouse.

This is an interesting time. I have not been much of a news junkie about the presidential election. For the past several days, I have been all over the news and will be for what will be an exciting several weeks ahead.

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