On Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest joined Elite Daily for a Facebook Q&A regarding where the Obama administration stands on the Supreme Court nomination process.
Following the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia, President Obama is constitutionally required to nominate a successor. Republicans in the Senate, who must advise and consent the president on this matter (approve his nominee), contend it's in the interests of the nation for this process to be delayed until after the 2016 election.
Supreme Court justices are appointed for life and their decisions have the capacity to impact the course of the country in massive ways. What they say sets precedents that ripple across generations.
Accordingly, this is an extremely important matter, but the timing has definitely incited controversy.
Earnest, who is essentially the public face of the Obama administration in his role of press secretary, sought to bring clarity to the process and the debate surrounding it during Wednesday's Q&A.