It's all over the news, the internets, and probably the paper this morning. Associate Justice Antonin Scalia has passed away.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the judicial standard-bearer of the conservative movement and the court's most provocative member, died Saturday. He was 79.He was at a ranch outside of Marfa, TX. He went to his room Friday night, and after he didn't show up for a meeting Saturday, they sent someone to check on him.
Justice Scalia was a conservative, a brilliant legal thinker, and a full-throated voice for freedom. As such, he'll be missed, deeply missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. I offer them my heartfelt condolences.
His passing will set up a cat-fight to appoint a successor. It might get ugly, with the Democrats pushing President Obama to appoint a successor quickly. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has called on the president to defer his action, saying that appointing a successor in an election year might go counter to the will of the people.
The President, of course, has said that he'll appoint someone quickly. With President Obama's track record of appointing people, I'll pray for our country.