The legislative fight over a U.S. Supreme Court vacancy begins Monday. Michael Bowman reports.
For weeks or possibly the remainder of the year, the Senate will be ground zero for a ferocious battle to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who died nine days ago. With the ideological tit of the Supreme Court at stake, Republicans want the vacancy filled by the next president, not Barack Obama. They have the power to withhold confirmation of any Obama nominee and run out the clock on the administration. Senate Democrats are crying foul, and have the power to block almost all legislation indefinitely in protest, effectively grinding Congress to a halt. Michael Bowman, the Capitol."