Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s replacement must be nominated by the President of the United States. It then falls to the United States Senate to confirm that nominee before he or she can take the seat on our nation’s highest court.
President Obama: “The confirmation of a Supreme Court Justice is a solemn responsibility that the President and the Senate share under the U. S. Constitution. It is not a political opportunity that reflects “left” or “right,” Democrat or Republican. It’s a serious obligation to make sure that an indisputably qualified person of integrity is nominated and confirmed to sit on the highest court in the land.”
“The Senate has almost a full year — more than 300 days — to consider and confirm a nominee.”
Bringing Ms. Anita Hill into the Picture
Anita Hill came forward during the nomination hearing giving a stunning testimony on the sexual harassment she experienced while in Clarence Thomas’s employ in the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). During the hearing the so called power structure grilled her to no end.
Ms. Hill published her autobiography, Speaking Truth to Power, including her role in the Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas’s nconfirmation controversy in 1991. Ms. Hill went on to receive many awards and honors throughout her most prestigious life.
I remember the battle over Judge Clarence Thomas’s hearing well. I was unemployed at the time and watched every day and took handwritten notes. That’s when I decided to become a serious writer. I knew as an autodidact with half an education it would be a long and sober undertaking on my part.
I have been keeping up with President Obama’s new nominee, Merrick Garland, and some members of the Senate as they attempt to stop the hearing, because I am an American.
Minnie E. Miller, Writer