Posturing on the Supremes

If you believe the Republicans, President Obama will announce a new Supreme Court nominee any day now.

The White House and fellow Democrats say no decision is near nor is any expected any time soon.

Such is the posturing that comes with Supreme Court nominees.

Reports Congressional Quarterly:


Republicans warned Tuesday against rushing a Supreme Court nominee through the Senate, even as Democrats said no announcement of a successor to Justice David H. Souter would come this week.

In timing his first nomination to the nation’s highest court, President Obama is balancing competing political imperatives: He needs to wait long enough that key senators in both parties feel that he seriously entertained their suggestions and weighed their advice. But waiting too long would give his conservative critics the opportunity to mobilize and to attack potential candidates pre-emptively — making it more difficult for the Senate to confirm a new justice prior to the August recess.

Souter plans to retire this summer, and the administration wants to have his successor in place when the court’s next term opens in October.