The sudden passing in his sleep of Justice Antonin Scalia at age 79 has sparked a shameful partisan fight over whether Obama will get to replace him during 2016, before the election.
The Republicans in the Senate would probably block any “liberal” appointment, leaving the country without a justice for more than a year. A moderate pick, supported by Republicans at the appellate level, would put the GOP on the spot, however.
CNN analyzes the political fight in a piece by Stephen Collinson.
Ezra Klein of Vox analyzes the prospects in a detailed piece quickly written today. Will this be a "profound test of the American political system"?
Earlier Vox reported on some nasty tweets by Ted Cruz, particularly.
Vox also analyzes the prospects for 4-4 ties, where a lower court’s ruling is upheld. But in some cases that may work to the advantage of the “progressives”.
I may get back to Scalia’s ideas of “moral opprobrium” in gay cases soon.