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Posted by on Feb 13, 2016 in Breaking News, Law, Politics | 4 comments

Justice Scalia Dies at 79

US Supreme Court Justice Anton Scalia has died at the age of 79.

The vacancy will make an already political year even more controversial.

Had a more liberal justice passed away or retired then having President Obama replace them would be less of an issue but Scalia’s death means the potential to tip the partisan balance of the nation’s highest court. Scalia was also a key intellectual figure on the Court.

While obviously today should be reserved for offering sympathies to his family the issue of his replacement is going to be a major political football. The first debate being whether President Obama will choose a replacement or will the vacancy be left to the next President.

ABC news has reported that DC insiders suggest it is very unlikely Obama would be able to make a pick this far into his term but other sources suggest otherwise.

The most recent example of an election year vacancy goes back nearly 50 years to 1968 when Chief Justice Earl Warren retired to give President Lyndon Johnson an appointment. Warren announced his retirement in June and Johnson tried, but failed, to replace him with Abe Fortas.

If the decision is made that Obama will not appoint a replacement then this would obviously be a HUGE issue in the November elections.

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  • Archangel

    Thanks Patrick, I understand Justice Scalia was on a hunting excursion in Texas. ]He and Chaney had hunted together in the past when Cheney was in office. It seems Scalia perhaps died while alone in his room.

    And the din has already begun. I think a ferocious push will come from sanders and trump, to try to name the next whomever. And you are right. Respect for the dead ought to have followed before McConnel and others began bellowing their fav political fantasies by calling up the Press before Scalie can be buried. But, seems it is too late now… Nonetheless, peace to Justice Scalia’s family.

  • KP

    I have admired the way Scalia and Ginsburg were fast friends. She must be saddened by the loss of her friend, as well, his family’s pain. (I think her had 36 grandchildren).

    It’s unusual to lose a justice who is serving.


  • In the latest shamelessly partisan GOP politicking, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released this statement immediately after Scalia’s death:

    “The American people? should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new President.”

    This is bogus on multiple levels. Who but the American people elected Obama (twice)? So, the Supreme Court should only have eight justices for over a year?

    Once more, McConnell puts playing politics ahead of doing his job. He clearly isn’t the least bit interested in the interests of the American people, who rewarded him and his party in Congress with a 15% approval rating.


  • KP

    Some fell headfirst into the trap…

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