Just one day after a crew of hard-headed Republican senators pledged to not hold hearings or vote for anyone President Obama nominates to fill the Supreme Court seat left open by the death of Antonin Scalia, the commander-in-chief on Wednesday defiantly said he would choose someone to fill the vacancy in the “weeks ahead” and outlined the qualities he wanted in the jurist.
In a post to the Supreme Court blog “SCOTUSblog,” Obama provided his most detailed insights yet into what he was looking for in his pick for the nation’s highest court.
“First and foremost, the person I appoint will be eminently qualified,” Obama wrote. “He or she will have an independent mind, rigorous intellect, impeccable credentials, and a record of excellence and integrity. I’m looking for a mastery of the law, with an ability to hone in on the key issues before the Court, and provide clear answers to complex legal questions.”
“The person I appoint will be someone who recognizes the limits of the judiciary’s role; who understands that a judge’s job is to interpret the law, not make the law,” Obama added. “I seek judges who approach decisions without any particular ideology or agenda, but rather a commitment to impartial justice, a respect for precedent, and a determination to faithfully apply the law to the facts at hand.”