We received horrible news earlier today that justice Antonin Scalia had passed at age 79, leaving behind a wife, nine children, twenty-eight grandchildren, and a rich legacy.
One factor particularly key for a Republican return to the White House: the Supreme Court is getting old. If any members were to pass, it would be much preferable to have a conservative-dominated Court to prevent any unfortunately verdicts (such as Obamacare) and halt executive over-reach.
Scalia’s death happened before a change in administrations, and that’s prompting many Republican leaders to speak out forcefully about giving Obama the chance to nominate a new justice.
As reported by The Dallas Morning News:
Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have already asserted that the next president, not Obama, fill the job.“We owe it to him, and the Nation, for the Senate to ensure that the next President names his replacement,” Cruz tweeted. Said Rubio: “The next president must nominate a justice who will continue Justice Scalia’s unwavering belief in the founding principles that we hold dear.”
In reality, Obama would have a hard time getting a nominee confirmed by the GOP-controlled Senate. The implication from Cruz and Rubio — and McConnell — seemed to be that he shouldn’t even bother to try.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., called for Obama to name a replacement right away, tweeting that “The Senate has a responsibility to fill vacancies as soon as possible.”
Both of Texas’ senators, Cruz and John Cornyn, the deputy majority leader, serve on the Judiciary Committee, which screens nominees to the high court and lower federal benches.
We’re safe for now – and the good news is that while we hold a majority in the Senate, even a Hillary or a Bernie wouldn’t be able to nominee an activist judge of their choice.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]