Obama Sets The Stage For Fierce ‘Battle’ Over Nomination Of Scalia’s Replacement

President Obama vowed to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, saying the nomination was “bigger than any one party” — setting up a fierce political fight with Senate Republicans who are expected to pull out all the stops to ensure that job falls to the next commander in chief.

With a half-dozen or more major cases before the court, Obama said he planned “to fulfill my constitutional responsibility to nominate a successor in due time.”

But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell signaled that he and his GOP counterparts are ready for a tooth-and-nail fight over the nomination.

Republican strategist Ford O’Connell said he doesn’t expect the Republican-controlled Senate — which must approve a replacement — will do so without a fight.

“I think it’s going to be a cold day in — and you can fill in the blank — before a Republican Congress allows a lame-duck president to nominate a Supreme Court Justice,” O’Connell told the Herald.

“This is going to be the fiercest battle in Washington over the next 10 months.”

Read more from Owen Boss at The Boston Herald

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