Following the sudden death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, 79, a new justice must be appointed and confirmed by the U.S Senate. Over the weekend, President Obama announced that he plans to pick a nominee to take Justice Scalia's place on the Supreme Court . This announcement was made after the Republicans in Senate said that they would block any candidate chosen by the president, regardless of who it may be. There are six potential nominees ranging from attorney generals to appellate judges.
The problem is that republicans in the Senate do not want any candidate nominated by the president regardless of who it may be. They believe that the next president that takes office should determine who the next Supreme Court Justice shall be. They have said that they will block any candidate that Obama nominates.
There are many considerations that go into the nominations of a replacement for Justice Scalia, the least of which is how the appointment might affect the ongoing race for the presidency in November, as well as Obama's concern for perpetuating his legacy as president and his influence on the Supreme Court. A major concern is that Obama will sacrifice progressive principles and a further liberalization in the name of the court making sure he gets his nominee confirmed by the senate.