He does this because: he is young, needs something to do the rest of his life, and because he can. Come on, read the list that USA Today just posted, (end of this post) of 10 other possibles. They are virtual nobodies.
Appointing any of them is a recipe for disaster. It invites a frozen Senate, waiting out the election.
The only way to ram thru an appointment and confirmation is for Obama to nominate himself.
Obama would not resign until the Senate confirms him. Vice President Joe Biden would then automatically become the President. He would also go to the Democratic convention this summer, and seek his first FULL term.
Biden's calculus has changed. He was way behind, in the process--when he chose not to file originally. What a difference a day makes...
The Democratic Party got a big win today with the death of Scalia. Nobody saw that coming. They had been campaigning on the assumption that up to three justices might be expected to die in the next eight years, AFTER the Presidential election. But Scalia was not on that list of justices who were older and in frail health. He died in his sleep. Of natural causes, during a hunting trip.
Tho they have hunted together, previously, former Vice President Dick Cheney was nowhere near Scalia on this trip!!!
Had he been able to make a choice, I'm betting that as a VERY conservative Republican, the late Justice Scalia would not have chosen Feb. 13th to take the exit lane while the Democratic President could name the nominees to replace him.
No sitting President has ever used this self-nominated strategy, but it's been discussed. And hey, there's always a first time. I believe that at times, a sitting President has sent three names to the Senate for vetting and confirmation. Now wouldn't it be a hoot if those three names were:
In basketball that's called a three-pointer. Or a slam dunk.
Here's the USA list of Ten Nobodies:
WASHINGTON — Who could replace Supreme Court
Justice Antonin Scalia if Republicans don't block all of President Obama's nominees, as appears likely? Here are 10 possibilities:
Sheldon Whitehouse: See "Senate" above. Whitehouse, 60, the junior senator from Rhode Island, is a former attorney general of Rhode Island and U.S. attorney with strong credentials.
More on the death of Justice Scalia:For a related story, about the effect of Scalia's untimely death, and the new likelihood that Missouri's Justice Clarence Thomas will have to actually write some dissenting opinions, see www.KcmoPost.com