GOP Holds Filibuster Card for High Court Nominee

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The Senate's number two Republican says there might be a filibuster of President Obama's Supreme Court nominee.

Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., says this is especially likely if the President picks a Supreme Court justice who decides cases based on "emotions or feelings or preconceived ideas."

"We will distinguish between a liberal judge on one side and one who doesn't decide cases on the merits but, rather, on the basis of his or her preconceived ideas," Kyl said.
But Kyl acknowledges his party likely does not have enough votes to sustain a filibuster. The President is expected to announce his nominee as early as tuesday. It takes 60 votes to overcome a filibuster and move to a final vote.

Obama has given a few hints into what he's looking for in a justice for the country's highest court.

"You have to have not only the intellect to be able to effectively apply the law to cases before you," Obama said in an interview televised on C-SPAN. "But you have to be able to stand in somebody else's shoes and see through their eyes and get a sense of how the law might work or not work in practical day-to-day living."

Obama also said he wants someone who can be, "understanding and identifying with people's hopes and struggles."

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