President Obama has nominated a respected, 63 year old jurist named Merrick Garland to the vacant seat on the Supreme Court, setting off a political jousting match that will spill over into both the Presidential and Senate races.
Justice Garland was emotional in acknowledging the nomination but Republicans in the Senate have already announced he will get no hearings and no confirmation. They are hoping a Republican President will get to make the nomination next year.
It's a risky strategy as a President Clinton could nominate someone more liberal, and there's a chance this issue could hurt vulnerable Senators this year.
It's an interesting overlay to the already contentious political season.