The Headline for many News outlets this morning is a major situation, what happens now that the most constitutional voice on the supreme court has now passed.
Antonin Scalia, Supreme Court justice, dies at 79
(CNN)U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the leading conservative voice on the high court, has died at the age of 79, a government source and a family friend told CNN on Saturday.
There are a lot of opinions out there and many are not correct, however what does happen if the usual 5-4 voting is now in doubt.
His death set off an immediate debate about whether President Barack Obama should fill the seat in an election year. Obama said Saturday night that he plans to nominate a replacement, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the nomination should wait until the next president comes into office while top Democrat Harry Reid called for the seat to be filled “right away.”
Certainly there may be some theories which obviously should be ruled out.
however the main question is one that could effect current politics for many years to come.
Speaking while on a presidential trip to Rancho Mirage, California, Obama vowed to nominate a successor to Scalia, who he called “a towering legal figure.”
“There will be plenty of time for me to do so and for the Senate to fulfill its responsibility to give that person a fair hearing and a timely vote,” Obama said. “These are responsibilities that I take seriously, as should everyone. They’re bigger than any one party. They are about our democracy. They’re about the institution to which Justice Scalia dedicated his professional life.”
There is certainly going to be a huge fight over whom will be replacing Justice Scalia.
Currently, no one knows who will be nominated however it appears that from past experience the nominee is likely to be unqualified.
It is almost an in your face type moment, but who knows for sure, one thing seems clear, in an administration where more lawsuits have been filed than any other administration in history, (opinion, but it certainly seems fair to say that the contentious law suits filed already would tend to demonstrate the truth behind the lies)