After the unexpected death of Chief Justice Antonin Scalia this morning, Republicans and Democrats began waging a verbal war over whether or not President Barack Obama will fill Scalia’s vacant seat, especially since the Chief Justice skewed to the far right.
And while Scalia’s death scares the GOP, the Dems see it as a political advantage. See, before Scalia’s death, the Supreme Court had a GOP edge with a 5-4 majority, but now it’s even with 4-4. And this fact has folks on The Right—from Ted Cruz and Donald Trump, to everyone in between—on the defense with their claws out doing the absolute most and demanding that POTUS not replace Scalia.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pressed that the nomination should wait until the next president comes into office, while top Democrat Harry Reid called for the seat to be filled “right away,” CNN noted.