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Justice Antonin Scalia dies at 79

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    Ned23
    Ned23
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    He was a “Consequential” Justice, President Obama said during a brief eulogy.

    Senate Leader Mitch McConnell immediately indicated an intent to leave the appointment vacant until after the 2016 Presidential election.

    #1114517
    Snarf
    Snarf
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    Meh.

    #1114543

    Alex Silbajoris
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    Does anybody else think it’s particularly insulting to Scalia, of all people, for the Senate to skirt its constitutional responsibilities?

    #1114544

    DouginCMH
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    There isn’t much to talk about, necessarily, but this is a huge and – for someone who follows national politics – fascinating unforeseen situation. One in which the Dems would appear to have a lot more leverage than the Reps. There’s a lot of talk about how the next president will get to appoint multiple SC justices, but you never know. These are life appointments; you can’t force someone to retire just because they’re in their 80’s. So Obama becomes the first president since Reagan who’ll have a shot at naming three SC justices. It’s a pretty damned big deal, when you look at the prevalence of 5-4 votes in the Court against liberal issues in recent years.

    #1114546
    MichaelC
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    If Obama is able to appoint a justice–he will surely nominate one–it would tilt the Court to the left for the first time since I don’t know when. That, and that alone, is why the GOP is arguing that the next president should be the one to appoint Scalia’s replacement. It is not a good argument, but its soundness matters not from a legal perspective.

    #1114547
    MichaelC
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    As for Justice Scalia, he was one of the very best writers to sit on the Court, and as many who fervently disagree with his conclusions have said, one of the most consequential–for better, or worse. He has become better known in recent years for his biting and often sarcastic dissents (and comments from the bench during oral argument), his opinions riddled with literary allusions, and a wit that helped ingratiate him to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an ideological and physical opposite who has been one of his best friends for years.

    One of his esteemed law clerks, Jeffrey Sutton, sits now on the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, and as an OSU Law alum, continues to be on the short list of folks that could be tapped to replace him if a Republican president were to have the chance to do so. (Sutton’s chances have diminished in recent years, due to a ruling on the Affordable Care Act. He redeemed himself somewhat in the eyes of some conservatives with a ruling on gay marriage; of course, that ruling was ultimately overturned at SCOTUS.)

    #1114548

    wygand
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    I think the talk about the Senate blocking the nomination until the next president is a rather short sighted prediction. It seems to imply the republicans are more than 50-50 confident that they will win the white house and retain the Senate. Not to mention, I am not sure a Trump or Cruze nomination would really please republicans all that much more than a moderate Obama nomination.

    I am guessing its a good talking point for republicans right now, but it seems like a dangerous game.

    #1114549

    Pablo
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    Who’s gonna tell Clarence Thomas how to vote?

    #1114551

    Cbussmallbiz
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    Obviously a black conservative needs to be told what to think/do.

    #1114552

    ohbr
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    Obviously a black conservative needs to be told what to think/do.

    Have a case of the Monday trolls?

    #1114557

    Alex Silbajoris
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    Meanwhile on the fishing board there is some good conspiracy stuff going already.

    #1114560

    Cbussmallbiz
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    So I’m clear only regressive leftism snark is not trolling?

    #1114567

    OneBagTravel
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    So I’m clear only regressive leftism snark is not trolling?

    I think in their head it’s part of being “progressive”.

    #1114572
    Chris Sunami
    Chris Sunami
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    It seems like it could be a dangerous game for the GOP to try to block the next SC nomination in an election year. I’m sure it would play great during the primary, but it could damage their eventual candidate in the general –similar to how the government shutdown backfired. You don’t gain anything if you block Obama’s nominee only to have Sanders or Clinton pick the next justice.

    Obviously a black conservative needs to be told what to think/do.

    Personally, I read Pablo’s comment as a commentary on Thomas’ infamous lack of engagement at SC sessions, rather than on his race, but it’s interesting that’s how you took it.

    #1114577

    ohbr
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    So I’m clear only regressive leftism snark is not trolling?

    Correct.

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