President Barack Obama said Thursday that Senate Republicans threaten the credibility of the Supreme Court by obstructing his nominee to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, and Senator Chuck Grassley charged that Democrats were playing politics with the vacancy. Partisan warfare over the court seat is raging up and down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, with the backdrop of the presidential election only intensifying the stakes. Should Obama succeed in replacing Scalia, a conservative appointed by President Ronald Reagan, the court would undoubtedly tilt leftward.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.