Mediaite founder and ABC Chief Legal Analyst Dan Abrams appeared on Good Morning America earlier today to talk about exactly how hard it’s going to be for President Obama to get a Supreme Court nominee confirmed in an election year.
The shortlist of people being mentioned on TV includes people who have been already confirmed by the Senate, but Abrams said this time “the rules are different,” not just because of the campaign, but because of Antonin Scalia‘s legacy.
“Justice Scalia’s memory for conservatives,” he said, “is so important that this time anything that happened in the past is not particularly relevant to what’s happening now.”
In other words, it’ll be “nearly impossible for President Obama to get through the Senate almost anyone who’s been on his shortlist.”
And that means over a year of 4-4 decisions, which, as Abrams said, would be “completely unprecedented.”
Watch above, via ABC.
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