Replacing Scalia — Why Speed Matters

In the not too distant past the Supreme Court was forced to settle a Presidential election. No one liked having the Court intercede in Bush v Gore but it was critical to helping the country move past a serious crisis.

While the Republican majority in the Senate may understandably argue a delay for political reasons is in order, it is not a smart move should we end up with the Court having to intercede again on an issue involving the coming Presidential election. An incomplete or split Court would be a disaster for all of us. It could prompt a Constitutional crisis.

The President should nominate and the Senate should approve a new justice expeditiously. In fact, you could argue time is of the essence more now than any other point in our history particularly given our highly divisive political environment.