Our presidential report card grader John Zogby debated President Obama's response to the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

John Zogby:

"Justice Antonin Scalia passed away suddenly and unfortunately. The death of the Supreme Court's leading constitutional scholar may end up leading to the worst constitutional crisis this country has faced in many decades. The legitimately elected president unquestionably has the authority to nominate someone to fill the vacancy on the court. The legitimately elected GOP majority in the Senate has the authority to review and reject a nominee. Mr. Obama has said he will select a successor fairly soon; GOP leader Mitch McConnell has insisted — with the support of his caucus — on waiting until a new president is elected before any appointment is filled.

"This is almost as big a deal as when Abraham Lincoln had to decide whether or not to fortify Fort Sumter. He knew what the consequences would be and he did it.

"But the week belongs to the president. Constitutionally, no one can tell him not to perform one of the duties he was elected to do. Mr. Obama remains steadfast in a storm not of his making — and his opponents will please their base but get hurt in the controversy."

Grade B+