Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has passed away at the age of 79. WND says "the horrid reaction and comments about his death expressed by many liberals online illustrate that Scalia was hated by many people". While I don't know about that (haven't seen any "horrid comments", I will acknowledge I did not like Scalia (viewed him as a racist and toady for the plutocrats). But I never once wished he would die.
There are several SCOTUS members who are getting up there in age and both sides are aware that the next president will likely get to appoint a few new justices, which will sway the political leanings of the court. This makes the next presidential election potentially quite uconsequential. I never imagined that a justice would die this close to the end of Obama's term, however. But now that it has happened, it is Obama who gets to nominate the justice of his choice (as per the Constitution).
In fact the selection of a new justice was the subject of an email I received from WND this morning (I'm on the WND email list). WHY would they be speaking of nominating a SCOTS judge, I thought. Had one of them died? Yep. The awfulest one. Hurray!... is NOT what I thought. What I immediately thought was that the Repubs were going to do EVERYTHING to delay his replacement. Put it off to after the upcoming election so that President Trump can do the selecting. Or President Cruz (even though he might not be Constitutionally eligible to be president. But he isn't a Democrat so his being born in Canada probably won't be as big an issue as Obama NOT being born in Kenya was).
|Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate should not confirm a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia until after the 2016 election — an historic rebuke of President Obama's authority and an extraordinary challenge to the practice of considering each nominee on his or her individual merits.|
The swiftness of McConnell's statement — coming about an hour after Scalia’s death in Texas had been confirmed — stunned White House officials who had expected the Kentucky Republican to block their nominee with every tool at his disposal, but didn't imagine the combative GOP leader would issue an instant, categorical rejection of anyone Obama chose to nominate. (McConnell throws down the gauntlet: No Scalia replacement under Obama by Burgess Everett and Glenn Thrush. Politico 2/13/16).
All I can say is that this is bullplop and I pray that McConnell and his fellow obstructors don't get away with it. But I am sure they're going to try like hell to deny Obama what the Constitution grants him. But if they do manage to get away with it, then it'll be president Hillary Clinton or president Bernie Sanders who does the appointing. Which would be even better (if it's president Bernie Sanders).
Still, it is Obama who (under the Constitution) who should be doing the appointing, so that better be what happens. I mean, I very, very, very, much doubt that if the president were a Republican and Congress were controlled by the Democrats that the Democratic majority leader would be suggesting such a thing.
Video: Bernie Sanders says "I Don't Think Mitch McConnell Has it Right... The Constitution Is Clear".
PE: Antonin Scalia and the Phony GOP Devotion to the U.S. Constitution (2/16/2016).