Scalia’s death plunges court, national politics into turmoil

Washington Post – The death of Justice Antonin Scalia Saturday plunged the Supreme Court and the nation’s politics into turmoil, and an immediate partisan battle began over whether President Obama should be allowed to nominate his successor.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) said in a statement that the Senate should not confirm a replacement for Scalia until after the election. But the battle lines were immediately apparent. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid followed McConnell’s statement with one of his own: “It would be unprecedented in recent history for the Supreme Court to go a year with a vacant seat,” he said. “Failing to fill this vacancy would be a shameful abdication of one of the Senate’s most essential Constitutional responsibilities.”

In the meantime, 4-4 splits are returned to the lower court as if the Supreme Court had not taken up the case.

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  • What ever other then he is dead right on and not a cheney reborn cycle-0-path. Yes the repus will do everything they can only because their hate they couldn’t do what big dog and obomber have done to Amerikas citizens. The so-called demodogs have done more to take down Amerika middle class than even Ronnie-ray-gun. Hate is a strong word in my limit of english and yes I’m from and grew up in Callie.

    I’m voting Green

  • Been hearing a lot of “Don’t speak ill of the dead”, which is an injunction I have failed to understand for nearly 3/4 of a century. Someone remarked that the phrase might stem from an old superstition that speaking ill of the departed might bring them back – and we don’t want a Zombie Scalia. I thought that’s what we had all along. 😀

    It is my understanding the GOP leadership has already declared they will block any nominations Obama presents, on the grounds that “The People’s Voice Should Be Heard” via the next election. Ignoring the fact that if the People were meant to be heard in such cases, the Justices would be elected instead of appointed.

    IMO, he should make his nominations and keep the GOP’s obstructionism front-and-center between now and November. If it starts to affect House and Senate races, the GOP will either buckle or make their obstructionism more obvious, confirming the “The Government Isn’t Working” meme just in time for more populist, counter-establishment activity.

    And what would be amusing would be to see the nomination stalled and then see a Dem win the White House (particularly if Bernie won). Just imagine the exploding heads among the RWNJs. 😀

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