Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor has criticized the Republican party for their obstructionism in the process of finding a successor for Justice Scalia. In an interview with Fox 10 Phoenix, she said she believed President Obama should nominate a replacer for the recently deceased Justice, saying: “I think we need somebody there now to do the job, and let’s get on with it,” rejecting the GOP argument that as a ‘lame duck’ president, he should not be allowed to make the appointment. “You just have to pick the best person you can under the circumstances as the appointing authority must do, and one that we care about as a nation and as a people,” the 85-year old former Justice added. “And I wish the president well as he makes choices and goes down that line. It’s hard.”
Sandra Day O’Connor was appointed to the bench by President Reagan in 1981, fulfilling his campaign promise to nominate the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court. While an elected Republican before her appointment, the Huffington Post notes that she was a more moderate force on the court and often sided with Ruth Bader Ginsburg when it came down to women’s issues. She retired in 2006 to take care of her sick husband, and was replaced by Samuel Alito, shifting the balance of the court further to the right.
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