Hillary Clinton meets with civil rights leaders at The National Urban League in New York City.
Not only should President Obama move swiftly to fill the empty seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, he should give the Senate something it hasn’t seen in nearly 25 years — a black nominee.
He should give them U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
Forget about treading lightly during an election year. Where has soft pedaling with these obstructionist Republicans ever gotten this President? Instead of worrying about finding a candidate he can sell to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who died last week at 79, Obama should put the ball in their court.
Leave it up to the Republicans, those in the Senate and on the campaign trail, to explain why there shouldn’t be (gasp) a second African-American or (heaven forbid) a third woman on the nation’s highest court.
Their silly, insulting excuses should be just what Democrats need to get women and African-Americans out to the polls in the fall, and at every state primary between now and November. Obama assured America he’s not sitting this one out. “There is a vacancy on the Supreme Court. The President is supposed to nominate someone. The Senate is supposed to consider that nomination. Historically, this has not been viewed as a question,” he said. Obama gave no hints about his choice for the seat other than to say his nominee would be “indisputably qualified.”
Before making his first public comments on the vacancy, Obama expressed his condolences to Scalia’s family. What Obama didn’t say was that Scalia, a strict interpreter of the Constitution, would have likely agreed with him. Lynch is indisputably qualified — and has the advantage of having recently been vetted.
She would give the history-making President a shot at making some more by giving the Supreme Court its first black woman.