Supreme Court Short List?

While the skirmish lines are forming in Congress over President Obama’s nomination of a successor to the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia – the president first will have to make his choice known before the battle can be joined.

Though Obama had not been expecting to make a Supreme Court nomination in the final months of his second term, Scalia’s death triggers a rigorous selection process that begins with an informal list of nominees this administration — and those before it — keep in the event of a sudden vacancy. Serious vetting only begins, however, when a vacancy occurs or is announced.