Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead of a heart attack at the age of 79 on Saturday. To no one’s surprise, a partisan political furor immediately erupted.
President Obama praised Justice Scalia’s record and vowed to nominate a replacement in a timely fashion. Members of the GOP (including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell) have vowed not to approve any nomination made by Obama. Cue the pundits…
Conor Friedersdorf argues that the preemptive rejection of any of Obama’s nominees is unconstitutional.
Linda Hirshman theorizes that Obama will win the nomination fight regardless of whether the Republicans accept his nomination or not.
Lyle Denniston examines whether or not it will be possible for Obama to enact a recess appointment (an option exercised by Dwight Eisenhower in 1956).
Evan Osnos considers how the death of Scalia has changed the landscape of the 2016 presidential election.
Ezra Klein says that replacing Scalia will be a test of American democracy—one it may not pass—and recommends that folks check out Matt Yglesias’ op-ed on the inevitable collapse of the American political system.
Meanwhile, over on the hard-right fringe of the conservative movement, some seriously confused folks actually think that Scalia was murdered to advance a liberal agenda.
It’s gonna be an even bumpier ride to November than we thought.