“A sterling record. A deep respect for the judiciary’s role. An understanding of the way the world really works.”
That’s what President Barack Obama is looking for in the Supreme Court nominee he intends to name soon, per his post on SCOTUSblog this morning.
Despite protestations by Senate Republicans who announced yesterday that they would not hold any hearings on an Obama nominee, the president made clear that he at least will be doing the job millions of Americans elected him to do.
Here’s more from his post (in full here):
The Constitution vests in the President the power to appoint judges to the Supreme Court. It’s a duty that I take seriously, and one that I will fulfill in the weeks ahead.
It’s also one of the most important decisions that a President will make. Rulings handed down by the Supreme Court directly affect our economy, our security, our rights, and our daily lives.
Needless to say, this isn’t something I take lightly. It’s a decision to which I devote considerable time, deep reflection, careful deliberation, and serious consultation with legal experts, members of both political parties, and people across the political spectrum.