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The San Diego Tribune Just SHOCKED Me With THIS Headline.

This paper has been a conservative piece of shit and worse, yet here it is in glorious B&W:

Leaving Justice Scalia's seat vacant insults him, America

By The San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board | 10 a.m. Feb. 14, 2016

last 2 lines of editorial:

That anyone would advocate leadership by inaction is ludicrous. Let the president try to navigate the storm of the Senate by putting forth a nominee who might be confirmed. Let the Senate consider it in good faith.

And to borrow from one of the presidents we are celebrating this weekend, let government of paralysis, by paralysis and for paralysis perish from the Earth.


huh, what happened?
i sit here in total disbelief............kp

"Originalism" is NOT a word & it certainly wasn't around when the Framers wrote the Constitution

"Originalism" is NOT a word, according to my dictionary, and it certainly wasn't around when the Framers wrote the Constitution, so all of Scalia's opinions must be scrapped as un-Webster-worthy.

And his (Scalia's) rigorous attention to the text of the Constitution and of laws has changed the way liberals as well as conservatives conceive of the role of the highest court. But it’s not clear how deeply the roots of his signature legal approach, constitutional originalism, have taken hold; one scholar points out that without being more willing to build agreement, Scalia paid a price in influence for his trademark intellectual independence. For all his firepower, he authored relatively few of the court’s landmark rulings, more often expressing himself in ferocious dissent. And in constantly attacking the legitimacy of his opponents, rather than just the merits of their arguments, he may have helped coarsen the public conversation around our most challenging issues.


Most immediate political consequence of Scalia's death: Obama's climate plan will not be struck down

The immediate and easily foreseeable impact is staggering. Last week, the Supreme Court issued a stay delaying the implementation of Obama’s Clean Power Plan. The stay indicated that a majority of the justices foresee a reasonably high likelihood that they would ultimately strike down Obama’s plan, which could jeopardize the Paris climate agreement and leave greenhouse gasses unchecked. Without Scalia on the Court, the odds of this drop to virtually zero. The challenge is set to be decided by a D.C. Circuit panel composed of a majority of Democratic appointees, which will almost certainly uphold the regulations. If the plan is upheld, it would require a majority of the Court to strike it down. With the Court now tied 4-4, such a ruling now seems nearly impossible.


MoveOn: Our statement on the passing of Antonin Scalia.


Schumer Taunts Cruz On Constitution


You have to admit the carnival barker never misses a trick

Caption:GREENVILLE, SC - FEBRUARY 13: Republican presidential candidates Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) (R) is offered with candies by Donald Trump (L) during a break of a CBS News GOP Debate February 13, 2016 at the Peace Center in Greenville, South Carolina. Residents of South Carolina will vote for the Republican candidate at the primary on February 20. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

-- A rather pointed statement on SCOTUS vacancy from Senator Warren --


If I were the DNC I would Broadcast this debate over and over again

Tonight, the Republican frontrunner has
defended Planned Parenthood, argued for eminent domain, and said Bush lied us into the Iraq War


He also appears to be orange. An all around amazing effort.





McConnell says the American people should have a say in selecting the next Justice,
seemingly forgetting they elected Obama


By refusing a moderate Scalia replacement now-Republicans risk getting stuck with true liberal later

The GOP’s Supreme Court Gamble

By refusing a moderate Scalia replacement now, Republicans risk getting stuck with a true liberal later.

By Mark Joseph Stern


Whatever the merits of the constitutional argument, the Republicans’ political strategy here is extremely risky. It makes some sense at first blush—better to roll the dice that a President Rubio or Bush will get to appoint Scalia’s successor—but completely falls apart upon further analysis. There are serious compromise candidates on the current shortlist, extraordinarily qualified moderates like Sri Srinivasan who would likely refuse to overturn treasured conservative precedents like Heller (establishing an individual right to bear arms) and Citizens United (allowing unlimited corporate electioneering). If the Senate confirmed a Srinivasan-type now, it might have to swallow a slight liberal SCOTUS tilt—but it could, by and large, avoid dramatically altering the balance of the court.

If the Senate holds out until January 2017, however, it will be taking an astonishing gamble. Should voters send another Democrat to the White House in November, they just may turn the Senate blue again at the same time.
At that point, the president could nominate a true liberal, in the vein of Justice Sonia Sotomayor—and Senate Democrats could revise the nuclear option and push him or her through over staunch GOP opposition. Once a Justice Goodwin Liu takes the bench, no conservative precedent would be safe. Goodbye Heller, goodbye Citizens United, goodbye McCutcheon and Hobby Lobby and maybe even the death penalty itself.

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