President Obama, apparently nearing a decision on a Supreme Court nominee to succeed Justice Antonin Scalia, told CNN that he would choose someone “who should be a consensus candidate,” according to The New York Times.
Varying sides have begun taking to the airwaves over the vacancy and the vow by Senate Republican leaders to blockade Obama’s upcoming nominee. On Monday, Justice at Stake decried as a “political attack,” mirroring others in the states, new advertising by the Judicial Crisis Network critical of a potential Obama nominee, Judge Jane Kelly.
That campaign drew other critiques. At Slate, Mark Joseph Stern wrote, “The Smear Campaign Against Potential SCOTUS Nominee Jane Kelly Is an Attack on the Constitution,” and at ThinkProgress, Ian Millhiser wrote, “The War Against Obama’s Potential Supreme Court Nominees Takes An Ugly, Offensive Turn.” (more…)