On CBS’ “Face the Nation” program, Sen. Bernie Sanders said on Feb. 14 that he is able to subtract from Hillary Clinton’s stable of super delegates of the Democratic party as they move towards the nomination.  "If we continue to do well around the country and if super delegates - whose main interest in life is to make sure that we do not have a Republican in the White House - if they understand that I am the candidate and I believe that I am who is best suited to defeat the Republican nominee I think they will start coming over to us," he told CBS host John Dickerson. 
 
The Vermont senator said that the process is already underway, claiming that he “just met with a couple last night."
 
Clinton had eight superdelegates from New Hampshire in advance of last week’s primary ballot. Superdelegates can, however, pledge support for any candidate they so choose. In New Hampshire, Sanders won 15 while Clinton won nine delegates of the total 24. So far, Sanders is tied with Clinton as far as superdelegates are concerned. However, he has beaten Clinton in the popular vote by 22 percent. He still has to win two superdelegates to obtain an advantage before the Democratic convention.
 
Sanders faces a challenge in South Carolina: Clinton has 59 percent support as compared to 49 percent for Sanders, according to the most recent CBS News Battleground Tracker. Sanders told host Dickerson that he has momentum behind his bit, and promises to do "quite well" in Nevada and South Carolina: the next two contests for Democrats.
 
Sanders also claimed that his portion of support among African American is increasing. Did said that his campaign still has much ground to cover in South Carolina, where 73 percent of black voters support Clinton in the poll while just 26 percent show support for Sanders. He also predicted that he will do well in Minnesota and Colorado. In Denver, he held a rally on Feb. 13 and drew a crowd of 20,0000 people.
 
As for the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, he denounced Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's boast of blocking President Barack Obama from nominating a successor. "It is beyond my comprehension and it just speaks to the unbelievable level and unprecedented level of Republican obstructionism against Obama from day one," Sanders said. "The idea that the Republicans want to deny the president of the United States his basic constitutional right is beyond my comprehension." Sanders said that he will "do everything I can" to compel the Senate to approve whomever Obama nominates.
 
"There are very important cases that need to be heard that are not going to be determined if we do not have a ninth member of the Supreme Court," Sanders said. "I think the issue is taking the situation to the American people, and I think fair-minded Americans no matter what their political point of view may be will say, 'this is absurd, this is obstructionism, this is not what democracy and the Congress is supposed to be about.'"
 
According to the U.S. Constitution, Article Two of the United States Constitution the power of appointing Justices with the President, while stating: 
 
"he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint ... Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law..." 
 
Contrary to Sen. Sanders' remark that Obama has a "basic constitutional right" to appoint judges to his liking, the Constitution considers it a power. Rights are delineated in the the Bill of Rights - which are amendments to the Constitution - and apply specifically to citizens, not to the powers of the government.
 
Among the names being discussed in Washington as replacements for Scalia there are several that may cause considerable controversy. Among them are: current U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch; D.C. Circuit Judge Sri Srinivasan; 9th Circuit Judge Paul Watford; D.C. Circuit Judge Patricia Ann Millett; and D.C. Circuit Judge Merrick Garland.

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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