A leading Supreme Court analyst thinks Attorney General Loretta Lynch is the “most likely candidate” to replace the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.
T0m Goldstein, owner of the influential SCOTUSblog, had earlier predicted Ninth Circuit Judge Paul Watford who be at the top of President Obama’s short list. However, in a revised blog post, Goldstein said he now believes Lynch is the leading contender:
“[Lynch] is a very serious possibility. The fact that Lynch was vetted so recently for attorney general also makes it practical for the president to nominate her in relatively short order.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, concerned that whoever Obama picks will tip the ideological balance of the nation’s highest court to the left, has already made it clear that he believes the next president should be responsible for appointing a justice. Presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have made similar statements.
Goldstein believes that nominating Lynch would be a political problem for Senate Republicans:
“… her history as a career prosecutor makes it very difficult to paint her as excessively liberal.
“I think the administration would relish the prospect of Republican either refusing to give Lynch a vote or seeming to treat her unfairly in the confirmation process. Either eventuality would motivate both black and women voters.”
We think most conservatives and Republicans don’t want any Obama appointments to be considered between now and January 2017. However, Senate Republicans have been notorious for caving on most political fights in recent years.
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