Today at 11am Eastern time, President Obama will announce his nominee for the Supreme Court.
Obama sent an email, discussing his choice, as well as, preparing for a showdown with the GOP on this pick.
"I’m confident you’ll share my conviction that this American is not only eminently qualified to be a Supreme Court Justice, but deserves a fair hearing, and an up-or-down vote. In putting forward a nominee today, I am fulfilling my constitutional duty. I’m doing my job. I hope that our Senators will do their jobs, and move quickly to consider my nominee. That is what the Constitution dictates, and that’s what the American people expect and deserve from their leaders."Let/s see how the GOP responds to his nominee
Obama laid out three principles that he said guided his choice.
First, that a justice "should possess an independent mind, unimpeachable credentials, and an unquestionable mastery of law."
Second, that he or she "should recognize the limits of the judiciary's role."
And third, that his choice have "a keen understanding that justice is not about abstract legal theory, nor some footnote in a dusty casebook."
"It’s the kind of life experience earned outside the classroom and the courtroom," he elaborated, "experience that suggests he or she views the law not only as an intellectual exercise, but also grasps the way it affects the daily reality of people’s lives in a big, complicated democracy, and in rapidly-changing times."