Justice Scalia is dead
Every week, The College Conservative gives me the opportunity to provide thoughtful insight and reporting on the ensuing political battles of the 2016 presidential cycle. Today, I am heavy hearted to report that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died of natural causes in Texas.
In a statement, Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court John G. Roberts, Jr. affirmed the death of Justice Scalia, of which was Saturday, February 13, 2016.
“On behalf of the Court and retired Justices, I am saddened to report that our colleague Justice Antonin Scalia has passed away. He was an extraordinary individual and jurist, admired and treasured by his colleagues. His passing is a great loss to the Court and the country he so loyally served. We extend our deepest condolences to his wife Maureen and his family.” Justice Scalia was the longest serving Supreme Court Justice in the current present and a renowned legal mind, despite controversial moments in his career.
Details regarding Justice Scalia’s memorial services have been not released, yet.
The Selection for a new Justice
The Hill reported that the Senate Judiciary Committee has convened and advises not to select a new Justice during the election year. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, stated, “The fact of the matter is that it’s been standard practice over the last 80 years to not confirm Supreme Court nominees during a presidential election year.”
“Given the huge divide in the country, and the fact that this president, above all others, has made no bones about his goal to use the courts to circumvent Congress and push through his own agenda, it only makes sense that we defer to the American people who will elect a new president to select the next Supreme Court Justice,” Senator Grassley continued. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell echoed the same sentiment.
However, with no surprise, liberals don’t give a flying hoot. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and company are pushing for the process to confirm a new judge to begin as soon as possible. This can’t happen.
The reason why this can’t happen is because multiple players, especially President Obama, will strong arm a choice candidate into the court and throw off the already delicate ideological balance the institution maintains. There will be no winners, conservative or liberal, if knee-jerk reactions are taken.
Though there will be a push, the ultimate decision on Scalia’s replacement is with the Republican held Senate. President Obama, in a press conference on Scalia’s death, will submit a nomination to the Senate, however, this will indicate more gridlock and political battles to come.