Monday, February 15, 2016
Justice Antonin Scalia..RIP
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead at an isolated Texas Ranch where he had gone for a conference, Cibolo Creek Creek Ranch in Marfa,Texas. He was 79 years old.
The cause of death is still unknown,although it is known that it wasn't a heart attack. Another odd factor is that he was found lying in bed with a pillow over his face. And for some reason, according to the AP, an autopsy was not deemed necessary.
Justice Scalia was a personal favorite of mine, someone for whom the Constitution meant what it said and whose opinions were not only scholarly but laced with a wicked, thoroughly entertaining wit. One of his best friends on the Court was none other that Ruth Bader Ginsberg, with whom he often attended the opera they both loved.
I'm sorry, and I hope events prove me wrong but this appears to have all the earmarks of a hit. While it remains to be seen if President Barack Hussein Obama will be able to shove another leftist ideologue on the Court, the more important aspect of this is how convenient it is for ginning up Democrat turnout and fundraising because 'the Supreme Court's at stake!'
Yes, it always was, but this puts a spotlight on it. The next president will likely be able to nominate 3-4 justices and the difference between whom Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders would pick versus Ted Cruz or Donald Trump is simply night and day.
There actually is a precedent for not nominating justices in a presidential election year. Even the Democrats agreed on that one when it was convenient for them. they should be held to it.
And GOP Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnel has made it plain that Scalia's replacement will be named by the next president. The senate actually has the means to do that, but we'll see how much spine McConnell has. Needless to say, anyone whom caves on this deserves harsh consequences.