I firmly believe that President Obama will fill (not just make a nomination) the vacancy on the Supreme Court before the election in November. We are already seeing cracks in the Senate GOP’s resolve regarding confirmation hearings.
There are two ways that he could do it.
1. He will nominate a person and steamroll the Senate into a confirmation. The media attack will be relentless against the Senate Republicans. They will cave in.
2. He will make a recess appointment in the next couple of weeks. He will say that this vacancy is too important to wait. I am hearing the current Attorney General as a candidate. That would be smart considering she has already been through the Senate confirmation process. Obama can just shrug his shoulders and say “you already confirmed her!”
Keep an eye on this…