Saturday, February 13, 2016

Justice Antonin Scalia found dead! Update!

Courtesy of the San Antonio Express News: 

Associate Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead of apparent natural causes Saturday on a luxury resort in West Texas, federal officials said. 

Scalia, 79, was a guest at the Cibolo Creek Ranch, a resort in the Big Bend region south of Marfa. 

According to a report, Scalia arrived at the ranch on Friday and attended a private party with about 40 people. When he did not appear for breakfast, a person associated with the ranch went to his room and found a body.

Well holy crap!

I knew these old guys would start dying off soon, but I kind of thought it might happen in the NEXT administration.

This is going to be a quite the game changer.

Yes I realize I should probably express some sympathy here, but the guy WAS 79 years old, and he WAS Antonin Scalia, so the best I can do is give my condolences to his family.

Update: Yep this is going to go as we expected.

Courtesy of HuffPo:

It took only a few minutes after news broke of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's death on Saturday for conservatives to demand that Senate Republicans block any replacement nominated by President Barack Obama. 

It took just a little while more for Republican leadership to agree with them. 

In a swift statement designed to warn Barack Obama against even nominating a replacement, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) pledged to sit on his hands for the remaining 11 months of the president's term. 

"The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice," the statement read. "Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new President."

I have been saying for months how important it is to elect a Democrat to the White House to appoint Justices for the opening sure to come in the next eight years. 

Justice Scalia's death has now driven that point home.

No more screwing around, it's time to get serious.

292 comments:

  1. Anonymous1:21 PM

    It's called KARMA!

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    1. Anonymous2:08 PM

      Yup! Hope he enjoys hell. Hope his roommate is Lee Atwater!!!

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    2. Anonymous2:10 PM

      Ding ding the obstructionist is dead... Which old obstructionist? The Scalia obstructionist!!! Go straight to hell, you POS!

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    3. I'm going to put on a red dress and go out dancing.

      I'm sure he loved his Mother but he did a hell of a lot of damage and I am glad he is off the court. If this is the only way for that to happen, then fine.

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    4. Anonymous3:28 PM

      He flew on Air Force Two with his good friend, Dickless Cheney to go on hunting trips. How unethical is that? I wonder if Dickless was part of the group there this weekend?

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  2. Anonymous1:22 PM

    As a SCOTUS judge, he hurt a lot of people.

    The only nice thing I can think say about him is that Ruth Bader Ginsburg chose to be his friend. She must have seen something good in him.

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    1. Anonymous1:41 PM

      The nicest thing I can think of to ssay is "yeah, he's dead".

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    2. Anonymous1:55 PM

      And he was one the justices who just gave the Koch brothers a big win and the planet a big loss over emissions rulings. I think he's in for an interesting interview at the Pearly Gates. . . .
      Beaglemom

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    3. Anonymous2:13 PM

      Hard to see good in Scalia sometimes.

      This is him in 2015

      There are those who contend that it does not benefit African Americans to get them into the University of Texas, where they do not do well, as opposed to having them go to a less-advanced school, a slower-track school where they do well. One of the briefs pointed out that most of the black scientists in this country don't come from schools like the University of Texas. They come from lesser schools where they do not feel that they're being pushed ahead in classes that are too fast for them.

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    4. Anonymous2:32 PM

      I suspect he went to Hell even though he appeared to practice his Catholic faith. He did too much damage to Americans and our land!

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    5. Anonymous2:37 PM

      My condolences to his family and his good friend, RBG of whom I have the utmost respect. You're right; she had to see something good in him and for that, I will not speak ill of the dead.

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    6. Anonymous3:26 PM

      Or she is one heck of a gracious person who felt sorry for him.

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    7. Anonymous3:27 PM

      The form of Catholicism s Scalia practiced is a perversion

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  3. Anonymous1:24 PM

    Condolences to his family but that is good news for the country. Scalia was owned, lock-stock-and-barrel, by the Koch brothers.
    Beaglemom

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  4. Anonymous1:26 PM

    Is there any way President Obama could fill this position?

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    1. Anonymous1:40 PM

      Not in our lifetimes, no

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    2. Yes. Like it or not he IS the sitting President. Yes, the GOP will be their usual asshole selves. But it is the Senate that confirms. And, yes, they will because most of them do believe in governing. And leaving the position vacant makes them look even more dysfunctional then they are.

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    3. Anonymous1:47 PM

      The GOP will try to leave the position vacant. I hope they are unable to since it would be vacant for over a year until the next president is inaugurated. RIP to Scalia but ...Karma.

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    4. Anonymous2:14 PM

      The Supreme Court cannot hear cases until the position is filled.

      So, of course, Obama will appoint someone to fill it. Undoubtedly,the Senate will play politics, but whether they will actually leave the court idle for a year, until after the election, is anyone's guess. I think that they are quite capable of it, but we shall see just how craven they have become.

      If Hillary or Bernie wins, and if Obama wants the position, and if he wants it now and not before he can take a well earned rest, either of them could appoint him to fill the vacancy. But unless the dems get control of the Senate, who knows who might be confirmed or when.

      The republicans will truly reveal their colors with how they deal with this. If they kick it down the road to 2017, then they truly do not love this country and seek to do it harm.

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    5. Anonymous2:21 PM

      "The Supreme Court cannot hear cases until the position is filled."

      Linky please. I think this not true.

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    6. Anonymous2:57 PM

      The Supreme Court DOES hear cases and make decisions when there is a vacancy.

      From wiki

      It is possible that, through recusals or vacancies, the Court divides evenly on a case. If that occurs, then the decision of the court below is affirmed, but does not establish binding precedent

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    7. Anonymous3:05 PM

      I think that President Obama is too smart and too well organized not to have someone in mind to name - the person will probably already have been vetted.

      Just look at the ages of those on the Supreme Court - that in itself would caution President Obama to have already made a decision.

      The Republicans think he is such an idiot and he continually shows them he is NOT!

      I'm dying to see who he does name.

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    8. If Obama nominates and the Republicans continue to block it will only look BAD for them and allow the Democrats to point and say "OBSTRUCTION!" over and over as a campaign point all the way until November.

      So they're only shooting themselves in the foot.

      Are they going to block for the next 8 years if Sanders or Clinton are elected?

      They would do better to negotiate with the devil they know then count on a Republican chicken being elected. That egg may never hatch.

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    9. I think Clarence Thomas and A. Scalia have attended the secret Koch Bros. meetings that occur in the Springtime in the Palm Springs area.

      A conflict of interest big-time. But, who am I to "judge" the justices.

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  5. Anonymous1:29 PM

    Wow!!!!'

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  6. I feel much the same way G. I feel for his family but I am glad he is off the court. Of course, I doubt that the GOP will allow President Obama to fill the vacancy. I wonder who he would choose at this time? No matter who though, GOP says NO WAY! :(

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    1. Anonymous2:03 PM

      A tie vote by the Supreme Court justices means that whatever the lower court ruling was it stands. So even if the GOP blocks the nomination until 2017, the court might just be stuck in approval mode, letting the lower courts make the calls.

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    2. If they don't allow him to fill the vacancy, then they risk Sanders or Clinton appointing Obama to the bench.

      Would they like that more?

      If I were Obama, I'd use that as a negotiating point to get his nominee confirmed. If they don't like it, they take a chance on it being even worse under the next Democratic president. And the next president will be a Democrat if they obstruct this nomination for an entire year. The public is tired of their partisan bullshit and come November they may find their numbers shrinking even more.

      Here's to hoping the Dems get a supermajority in the senate come November and gain seats in the House.

      I'm fine with Supreme Court Justice Obama. He should be on the phone to Hillary and Bernie right now saying if this is how they want to play, this is what we're going to do.

      So long Antonin. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy. And great timing too.

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  7. Anonymous1:30 PM

    The less said about the bastard the better.

    Elections matter: the next president will turn this court of "Citizen's United", "Corporations are People" and "unlimited open and concealed carry" into an unbreakable 6-3 ultra-conservative deadweight on the soul of this nation or a 5-4 pro-American arbiter of constitutional justice for the benefit of the rest of us.

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    1. Anonymous1:47 PM

      May the basturd rest in peas . I mean it!

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  8. Anonymous1:33 PM

    Yesssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Anonymous2:54 PM

      Yessss!!!! Yessssssss!!!!! Yessssssssss!!!!!!!!

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  9. Anonymous1:35 PM

    ABC reports Obama will not have enough time to bring up a replacement - it will be the next President. Dang! :(

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    1. How long did it take to get Sotomayor and Kagin confirmed

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    2. Anonymous2:03 PM

      but it will be 4-4 for the next 10 months. Actually, more than 10 months. Depending on how the election goes, confirmation may go quickly, or not so quickly.

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    3. Anonymous2:18 PM

      He has more than 300 days left in office. Previous confirmations have never taken more than 125 days.

      If the republicans obstruct this, they will make it very clear the extent to which they are willing to harm the country.

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    4. Anonymous2:44 PM

      The average time for confirmation of the 9 Justices prior to Sotomayor was 73.8 days.

      Even Obama's nominees, despite the obstruction by the GOP, didn't take more than 2 1/2 months. Sotomayor was nominated on May 26 and sworn in on August 6. Kagan was nominated on May 17 and sworn in on August 7.

      You can be sure that, with the advanced age and tenuous medical conditions of several of the current Justices, the Obama administration has already prepared and vetted a list of potential nominees, so the first part of the process is undoubtedly already completed.

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    5. Anonymous2:51 PM

      McConnell says "the people" should have a say in who's nominated -- meaning, wait until after the November election.
      Well, "the people" had a say in electing the current President, knowing that he might be in a position to nominate a Supreme Court justice.

      So, Sen. McConnell, "the people" have already spoken.

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    6. He has plenty of time. If he appoints someone within the month, there is ample time to show the Republicans for the obstructionist bastards they are, politicizing a non-partisan office and allow the Dems to make this a talking point in every campaign up until November.

      People are sick of the Do Nothing Congress and they are tired of the Republicans' obstructionist bullshit. There will be a rebellion.

      Both Trump and Sanders will hammer this over and over.

      Whether Obama is allowed to put his nominee in office or the Republicans obstruct it for a year, it will only be good for the Democrats.

      Once it goes over 125 days or whatever the record is, the media will start to blast this out as "news" that this is the longest congress has refused to confirm a supreme court nominee. They'll also probably add personal stuff about the nominee and there being no reason for refusal except politics, partisanship and being dicks.

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  10. Anonymous1:38 PM

    So they will go ahead and issue decisions without a member of the full court then? This could be fascinating.

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    1. Anonymous2:01 PM

      Yes. Happens all the time when justices have to recuse themselves. What it may mean is that there will be more 4-4 decisions, and 4-4 decisions leave the lower court decision in place.

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    2. Anonymous2:19 PM

      No. They don't hear cases or make any decisions with a vacancy.

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    3. Anonymous2:53 PM

      The Supreme Court DOES hear cases and make decisions when there is a vacancy.

      From wiki

      It is possible that, through recusals or vacancies, the Court divides evenly on a case. If that occurs, then the decision of the court below is affirmed, but does not establish binding precedent

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    4. I think it is their choice to hear cases or not. With Activist Roberts on the bench he'll probably only choose cases that will result in a tie with the lower court siding the way *he* wants. The others he'll refuse to hear until they have a replacement.

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    5. It only takes a minimum of six justices for the Supreme Court to hear a case.

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  11. My sympathy to his family and those that loved him.

    As for me and many other "libtards" - WHOOHOO!!! President Obama gets to appoint another sane justice!!!

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  12. Anonymous1:39 PM

    The man isn't even cold yet, but already the comments are starting from the right, urging Congress to delay his replacement until after the next President is sworn in.

    Here's one from Conn Carroll, Communications Director for Sen. Mike Lee: "What is less than zero? The chances of Obama successfully appointing a Supreme Court Justice to replace Scalia?"

    Classy, real classy.

    I may not have had any respect for the man as a Supreme Court Justice, but he had a family and friends who are grieving his death and we should show some sympathy for their loss.

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    1. Anonymous2:02 PM

      I agree, my sympathies. I am so sorry for his loved ones and friends loss. He after all was a US SUPREME Court JUSTICE.

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    2. Scalia was a cold man even when he was alive.

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  13. Anonymous1:40 PM

    Good. I am glad he is dead. Probably died of viagra use and a hooker.

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    1. Anonymous1:57 PM

      he did look like a heart attack ready to happen

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    2. Anonymous2:20 PM

      Obesity.

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    3. Both Scalia and Thomas have looked like they were eating their way to heart attacks for some time. Let's hope there's a great second-generation Thurgood Marshall or Harry Blackmun out there these days.

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  14. Dinty1:41 PM

    This Senate will not make it easy to get a replacement through, but it is likely the next Congress will be majority Dem. We just have to make sure that the Oval Office has a Dem in the seat.

    Here's something to make conservative heads explode: Supreme Court Justice Barack Obama

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    1. Anonymous1:49 PM

      I just posted this down thread at exactly the same time as you Dinty...was the first thing that entered my mind, except that he might actually want to try to have a life for a few years after this grueling 8 years as POTUS. But damn, SC Justice is right up his alley as that is his field of study and his field of expertise.

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    2. 66gardeners2:00 PM

      I'm with you Dinty

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    3. Anonymous2:06 PM

      oh that would make head spin hu Sarah? haha

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    4. If they leave it to the next president and that president is a Dem, you betcha they will risk Supreme Court Justice Barack Obama.

      And they'll only have themselves to blame.

      They have done stupider things. (Sarah Palin!)

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  15. Anonymous1:41 PM

    Good riddance asshole!

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    1. Anonymous1:48 PM

      I feel bad for his family, and I always feel bad when people die who have not been able to prepare for it, but he really was a horrible, horrible justice.

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  16. Anonymous1:41 PM

    If Hillary gets elected she will appoint Barack Obama for the position and all will be right with the world.

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    1. Anonymous1:47 PM

      Yes! And how ironic that would be, given Scalia's recent comments about how blacks should settle for lower tier colleges. Well, I'd actually like to see Pres. Obama get a break. He'll deserve one. But what an idea, Obama one day being on SCOTUS, yes.

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    2. No this is a ridiculous idea.

      First off Obama has far too many opportunities awaiting him once he leaves office to do real good, much like President Clinton and President Carter, to ever shackle himself to the Supreme Court.

      And secondly can you imagine ANYONE the Republicans would fight harder to keep off of the Supreme Court?

      I have seen this idea pop up over and over and I have no idea how it got started but I assure you that it is the LEAST likely scenario to take place.

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    3. Anonymous1:51 PM

      There has always been discussion of Barack Obama eventually being nominated for a Supreme Court position, being as he is a constitutional scholar and lawyer.

      I've always felt that it would be something in his future, perhaps not right now, but at some point I think he would be a very natural choice for a SC nomination.

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    4. Anonymous1:53 PM

      http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/USA-Update/2016/0127/Could-Barack-Obama-become-a-Supreme-Court-justice

      This was being discussed even a few weeks ago, it's been bandied about for years, but no one thought it would ever become a reality, at least not so soon.

      If not now, then at some point I do believe he will be nominated.

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    5. Anonymous1:56 PM

      Agree with you. Maybe in 15 years or so but not now.

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    6. Anonymous1:59 PM

      @ Gryphen
      I don't think it's out of the realm of possibilities. After all, President Obama's first love was constitution law. I do think he had the temperament and the interest for the position.

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    7. Anonymous2:07 PM

      Yeah the President has his eyes on Geneva!
      More like an international position!
      But nice thought! Thank you! Peace!

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    8. Anonymous2:22 PM

      I could see it possibly happening at some point in the distant future, but not now.

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    9. Can he nominate himself?

      If he did and got confirmed, he could resign as president for the last few months of his term and Joe Biden could be sworn in as President.

      How wonderful for Biden to be president if only for a few months.

      I disagree about Obama wanted to do more ala Carter and Clinton.

      I think he'd like some stability, peace and quiet and a stable life for his family. He'd still be able to do "good" on the court, but he would be more out of the spotlight than as a recent ex-president.

      He might welcome the opportunity.

      I hope he considers it and is in talks with Sanders and Clinton about the possibilities.

      In fact, if Clinton and Sanders both express their support of the idea, it might move the Republicans to confirm whoever Obama nominates just to keep him off the bench.

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  17. It was rumored he was a member of religious organization Opus Dei, wears a cilice in the form of a spiked chain around his thigh.

    I now wonder if this information will be verified. I am not Catholic nor deeply religious. But this passing is a big big deal.

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    1. Anonymous2:29 PM

      Wow, how do you know what a cilice is?? Yeah, he probably was Opus Dei. I'm acquainted with more people from that organization than anyone in any lifetime should be subjected to.

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    2. Anonymous2:51 PM

      Perhaps his device of pain gave him a bad case of the MRSA?

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  18. Anonymous1:45 PM

    I have been watching his mental deteriation over the last few months. I know it's hard to tell,but still... I felt that he is so entrenched in inflicting his RWNJ dogma that only his death would remove him from the court.I have NO remorse for this man. His rulings have hurt and hampered too many people!

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    1. I thought he'd go from a stroke caused by an aneurism. His blood pressure must have gone through the roof during those rants.

      And yes, he was getting worse mentally the last few years.

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  19. Anonymous1:47 PM

    The Senate cannot leave a Supreme Court seat vacant for nine months. They could, but they can't.

    President Obama will name a present or former Republican Senator to his place, and the Senate won't be able to vote him down.

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    1. Anonymous1:53 PM

      Or Handsome Old Joe Biden.

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    2. Anonymous2:23 PM

      If it is left vacant, I sure hope they pay a huge price for their political games.

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    3. Anonymous3:37 PM

      No, no Republican. No how, no way!!!!

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  20. Anonymous1:48 PM

    He always looked so healthy and at the top of his game, I just can't imagine what happened...

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    1. Anonymous1:53 PM

      healthy? seriously?

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    2. Anonymous2:09 PM

      says the last hired ho ho!

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    3. Anonymous2:25 PM

      Obese! A heart attack looking to happen!

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    4. Anonymous2:54 PM

      You guys, do I always have to put a ;-) or a /s after a comment like that?!?!?

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  21. Anonymous1:49 PM

    Condolences to his family and friends but I sure wish Obama had enough time to submit a replacement. The right would fight any choice he would make but at least it wouldn't be another Scalia. If a republican gets elected President we could be in additional deep do-do. Dang!

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    1. Anonymous2:55 PM

      Yes, this just made the next presidential election a lot more serious to a lot more people. This is a game changer, and all of the nonsense will stop right now because shit.just.got.real.

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    2. Anonymous3:40 PM

      Look for all of the red state Republican Secretaries of State (control elections) to steal elections for Repubes.

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  22. Anonymous1:51 PM

    My sympathy is with the country, now faced with trying to reverse decades of Scalia-lead poisonous legal opinions/policies and effect some repair of the damage to so many lives as a result. I don't feel glee at his death, but I do feel intense relief.

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  23. Anonymous1:51 PM

    Ding Dong, the Dickhead's Dead. That man was a useless POS. No great loss.

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  24. God decided it was time to sit Scalia down and straighten him out about proper comportment

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    1. Anonymous3:42 PM

      God needed Scalia more than we did. tsk, tsk.

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  25. Anonymous1:54 PM

    Elizabeth Warren.

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    1. Anonymous1:58 PM

      Love it. Good choice.

      The Republican Congress will never let an appointment go through until after the election, but at least it's 4-4 until then.

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    2. Anonymous2:27 PM

      I don't know why people keep wanting to pull her out of the Senate. She's just getting started.

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    3. No. Obama won't appoint another woman. But he will look at a Hispanic, Asian or African American with stunning credentials.

      I wish he'd appoint himself and let Joe be president for a few months. That would be awesome.

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  26. Anonymous1:54 PM

    re: anonymous 1:48 PM
    I am assuming you are being facetious when you say he "always looked so healthy" and "you can't imagine what happened..." If there was ever a heart attack waiting to happen, Scalia was the poster child with ALL of his excesses. Some (like Cheney) inexplicably escape what should by all risk factors be an early death... I guess Scalia could only escape for so long.

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    1. Anonymous2:56 PM

      Winky, sarcastic....please tell me that you didn't actually take that seriously, but, oh, you did.

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  27. Anonymous1:54 PM

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uu5hzc2Mei4

    You got yer
    Dead skunk in the middle of the road
    Dead skunk in the middle of the road
    You got yer dead skunk in the middle of the road
    Stinkin' to high Heaven!

    Take a whiff on me, that ain't no rose!
    Roll up yer window and hold yer nose
    You don't have to look and you don't have to see
    'Cause you can feel it in your olfactory

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  28. Anonymous1:55 PM

    This may just put the Republicans in a lose-lose situation.

    If they confirm ANY Justice that President Obama nominates, they will be vilified by their base.

    However, if they delay and obstruct this replacement the way they've obstructed legislation for the past 7 years, they prove once again that they can't legislate and will lose even more of the already tenuous votes from moderates. AND they take a chance on an even more liberal nominee being nominated by Clinton or Sanders and confirmed by a Democratic majority Senate.

    In the meantime, any decisions that are tied apparently revert to the lower court's decision, which could be a problem for any cases they lost and were hoping to have reversed by conservative majority of the current SCOTUS.

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  29. Obama resigns. Biden appoints Obama. Republicans commit mass suicide.

    Obama appoints no one. Hillary wins. She appoints Obama . . . or . . . she appoints Bill. Republicans commit mass suicide.

    Here's a possible nominee:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Srinivasan

    Obama nominee, on the DC Court of Appeals; approved by the Senate 97-0!!! How could the Senate approve of him 97-0, then, say his not qualified for SCOTUS??

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    1. Anonymous2:22 PM

      OMG! Old Redneck! Perfect commentary. Made me hoot and holler. Wouldn't it be a kick having Bill Clinton named by President Obama?

      This is going to be so damned interesting to watch!

      Republicans tain't gonna be happy!

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    2. Sanders wins.

      Appoints Obama to this vacancy and either Bill or Hillary to the next open spot.

      Republicans jump off nearest cliff in mass suicide.

      Obama can't name Bill while Hillary is running unless she is NOT on the ticket. No way would Bill be confirmed if his wife is president. Never happen. Even Democrats would object to that.

      And if Hillary wins she can't appoint Bill because her husband would never pass confirmation. Again, even Democrats would object to the President's spouse serving on the Supreme Court.

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  30. Condolences to the justice's family.

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    1. Anonymous2:24 PM

      Family? Do you know what he said about his children?? That having a large family (he has 9 kids) is like making pancakes, if the first one doesn't turn out the way you want, there are more coming up.

      WHAT A PRICK!!!!

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    2. Indeed Anon 2:24.
      My father told me never to speak ill of the dead. When someone who he disliked died, he say "He's dead. GOOD". See---not one bad word.

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  31. This is actually an excellent opportunity for the Democratic Party to campaign on the importance of the Court, the obstructionism of Republicans, and the future of our American youth

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  32. Anonymous1:58 PM

    Who will take his place at the Koch brother's gatherings?

    Hey, what about our Sarah?

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  33. Anonymous1:59 PM

    Sarah Palin for SCOTUS... She knows the law and how to violate it!

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    1. Anita Winecooler3:30 PM

      NAH, not until someone tells her what, exactly, it is that a SCOTUS does from day to day, and besides, she'd call an impromptu breathy fish our of water "I quit" speech.

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  34. Anonymous2:00 PM

    Seriously??? Yeah! He was an asshole!!!

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  35. Anonymous2:02 PM

    5.1 magnitude earthquake hits Oklahoma. There you have it, Scalia dies and the gates of Hell slam in OK!

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    1. Anonymous3:40 PM

      Oh Frack!!

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  36. Anonymous2:03 PM

    Would it be too, too awful to NOT be unhappy?

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    1. Anonymous2:11 PM

      As in "Ding dong, Scalia's dead!" not unhappy?

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    2. Anonymous2:35 PM

      Yeah, that kind of unhappy.

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  37. Anonymous2:04 PM

    This is the precise reason why I am pissed that Bernie Sanders is trying to get the Democratic nomination. First of all, he isn't even a democrat, second, he has no chance whatsoever of winning the general. There is no way that America will put a Socialist in the White House. I'm not saying all his ideas are bad, they just are not feasible at this point in time.

    Anyways, we need to retain the White House for this number one reason......appointments to the Supreme Court!

    HeidiWY

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    1. Anonymous2:18 PM

      Kiss my ass!

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      Anonymous2:18 PM

      Bernie supporters are becomeing the new Teaparty. "Give us what we want or we scorch the Earth"

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    3. Anonymous2:43 PM

      @ 2:18

      Why so nasty?

      HeidiWY

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    4. Anonymous2:58 PM

      Oh Heidi, now is neither the time nor the place. Get a clue....Wyoming, WTF, the only place that has almost a few people as we do here in AK, except yours are even weirder.

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    5. Anonymous2:59 PM

      2:18 here

      I got good at telling the Hillarybots to kiss my ass in 2008. They kept telling me that that Obama guy was unelectable.

      Now I have to debunk this same shit in the Scalia's dead thread?

      First he's not a Democrat,yadayadayada...GMAFB

      KISS MY ASS!

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    6. Anonymous3:36 PM

      Wow....anger issues much? By his own admission he is a Socialist, and he never identified as a democrat until now. He is going to hand the election to the Republicans.

      HeidiWY

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    7. Anonymous3:45 PM

      @ 2:15

      The state that voted Sarah into multiple different offices has the balls to say another state is weirder? Oh the irony!

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    8. Anonymous3:49 PM

      yo azz too stanky, 2:18

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  38. Anonymous2:06 PM

    A 4-4 tie in any future decision leaves the lower court's verdict as law.
    There may be several cases coming up in which the GOP will not want that to happen.

    btw -- what will Clarence Thomas do now?

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    1. Anonymous2:58 PM

      Put a pubic hair on his intern's coca-cola can? Just a guess.

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  39. Anonymous2:08 PM

    I do not celebrate Scalia's death. But it was the only way to get the guy off the Supreme Court, so I certainly hoped for it.

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  40. Anonymous2:12 PM

    Hillary said she thought of appointing Obama to the Supreme Court. But the President said he in not interested.

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  41. Now, I believe, there may actually be a GOD.

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    1. Anonymous2:33 PM

      If there were a god, he would have taken him before the Citizens United and Hobby Lobby decisions.

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    2. Anonymous3:44 PM

      Don't forget Scalia was so proud of appointed GW president!!

      At least he will stay nice and toasty warm, were he is going.

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  42. Sharon2:13 PM

    I know it's not time to celebrate for his family & friends but, come on...anyone calling that asshole a friend was just as bad. That one man did so much damage to this entire country his legacy will be go down in history. Ill bet money the Koch Bros paid for his stay at that fancy retreat, he was bought & paid for along time ago. I hope Thomas is next...they say it comes in 3's, just hope it's not Ruth. I can totally see Obama on the court but not for at least 10 years or so, he needs some well deserved freedom w Michelle & time with Sasha before she leaves for college.

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  43. I can't muster up a kind word to say about the guy. He was a creep that had no business being on the SCOTUS. He didn't rule by the letter of the law. He ruled by religious, and political beliefs.
    I suspect his black heart finally got the best of him. May he Rest In Purgatory.

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  44. Randall2:18 PM

    I won't speak badly about Justice Scalia today, but I wonder: NOW how will Clarance Thomas know how to vote?

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    1. Anonymous3:06 PM

      I usually wait till they've been at room temperature before speaking badly about them. If you or I died, would he even care? shed a tear?

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    2. Balzafiar3:13 PM

      I would far prefer that Justice Thomas join Justice Scalia in hell.

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  45. Anonymous2:18 PM

    The Republicans are going to be in huge turmoil now. We know they won't accept President Obama's nomination and the matter will be tied up forever - especially if Hillary Clinton is elected POTUS! Nothing will be done! The things the Republicans wanted decided will not go ahead....this is going to be fun!

    All on top of awaiting who will be the nominees for POTUS! I'm glad I'm alive today and able to watch all of this! Very exciting to say the least!

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    1. Anonymous3:39 PM

      They blame President Obama for everything. How long before the murder conspiracies start?

      Didn't Bill do it for Hillary? Hillary did it herself! I knew it! That will rally the conservatives to the voting booth.

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  46. What a wonderful afternoon nap! Scalia died in my sleep! No more words, just........

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaXdTe2TYhs

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    1. Anonymous3:03 PM

      b e a u t i f u l! I'll quote my dear super conservative christofasist aunt at my father's funeral. "What you see there is an empty vessel that will decay to dust, he's with Jeeeeeeeezus, and who could ask for more"? I bit my tongue and had the director escort her out of the funeral home. She tried the same antics at his service, and the priest took her aside before she hopped in her car and waited and waited and waited because she was blocked in. Don't know why she took it so personally!!! HA!!

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  47. Anonymous2:21 PM

    Hey, I missed Gergen. Cnn.

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  48. Anonymous2:21 PM

    Scalia dying is akin to ventriloquist Jeff Dumham dying and leaving Sweet Daddy Dee aka Justice Thomas voiceless.

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    1. Anonymous2:34 PM

      LOL. Love Jeff Dunham.

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  49. Anonymous2:21 PM

    wow! AAAAnnndddd....the GOP was expecting and pushing Ginsburg out! KARMA..

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    1. Anonymous2:48 PM

      They were literally praying for it.

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  50. Anonymous2:26 PM

    OT but MALOE comments at the end of the last Bristol post.

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    1. Anonymous2:49 PM

      Did she foretell the passing of Scalia as well?

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    2. Anonymous3:10 PM

      No @249 . . . but MALOE (as much as you hate seeing that moniker) did foretell what Bri$$y's next move will likely be in light of THIS and other 'juicy' developments!

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    3. Anonymous3:28 PM

      Looks like a dead SC justice has stolen Barstool's thunder...

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    4. Anonymous4:12 PM

      Thanks for heads up, 2:26. Never miss MALOE comments.

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  51. Anonymous2:28 PM

    He was an asshole POS!!

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  52. Anonymous2:31 PM

    Good riddance!

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  53. Anonymous2:31 PM

    Good. Enjoy hell.

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  54. Anonymous2:34 PM

    Not a day too soon!

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  55. He always liked to fuck things up, and now he's done it again.

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  56. Anonymous2:46 PM

    It is the opinion of the Court that Justice Scalia is indeed found to be dead, deceased and no longer in the possession of the condition which is to be found, in the definition by law, of amongst the living.

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  57. Was at work all day and just found out about Scalia. Wow. That was sudden. Condolences to his family, but sadly you know the Republicans are already figuring out how to gum up the replacement process.

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    1. Anonymous4:00 PM

      How do you get comments removed by the author? Does Gryphen make a phone call?

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    2. Anonymous4:52 PM

      The author was logged in using a Blogger acct, dumbass.

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  59. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/scalia-obama-replacement_us_56bfabe4e4b08ffac1258cf5
    Conservatives Quickly Refuse Any Obama Court Replacement After Antonin Scalia's Death
    "Senate must simply refuse to appoint anybody."
    02/13/2016 05:51 pm ET | Updated 15 minutes ago

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    1. Anita Winecooler3:22 PM

      Wow, the chum hasn't been tossed in the water yet and the sharks are already surrounding the boat. In a way, it's an appropriate tribute to Scalia, birds of a feather....

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  60. St Peter3:01 PM

    The gates of hell just flew wide open in eager anticipation of Scalia's arrival.
    and I hope the Republicans block the President until Jan 21st 2017 so either Bernie or Hillary can appoint Obama to the court : )

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  61. What a wonderfully productive week for taking out the trash --

    Chris Christie
    Carly Fiorina
    Cliven Bundy
    and now Fat Tony.

    Sorry, but I can't go along with all the condolence crap. This man was extraordinarily contemptible and destructive to the nation. His death is an unalloyed blessing to the American democracy.

    BTW, the absence of even the smallest details about his deata, after an interval of at least 10 hours, make me think that it may have occurred in embarrassing circumstances. His underlings or overseers may be scrambling to concoct a plausible cover story, and to give potential witnesses an incentive to keep their lips sealed.

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    1. Anonymous3:37 PM

      My thoughts exactly about the nature of his death . . . they had to clean up their story and "in his sleep" was the best plausible narrative.

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    2. Anonymous4:07 PM

      It was when breakfast was served at the fancy retreat that the other guests were wondering why there was still so much food at the buffet. Scalia was known to scarf whole buffet tables in one sitting. That's when somebody went to his room and found he had died peacefully in his sleep. That's their story and they're sticking to it.

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    3. Anonymous4:20 PM

      Absence of details + long period of time are a dead [no pun] giveaway.

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    4. Anonymous4:20 PM

      I thought the exact same thing!

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  62. Anonymous3:09 PM

    OH. MY. GOD. This is gonna be a brawl, the likes of which we ain't seen before.

    We're in an election for the next President of the United States.

    The President of the United States is the person that puts forward a candidate for the SC. It's been done that way since forever.

    President Obama is now in a position, legally, and constitutionally, to put forward that candidate.

    If and when he put that candidate forward, all hell's gonna break loose with the howls from the right, because that would be THREE justices that Obama will have the opportunity to put on the bench. So he will be able to leave a solid legacy for the SC and they will do everything they can do to not let that happen. Sort of a final attempt to block Obama's power and legacy and influence.

    And because we're in election season, we're gonna hear a lot more about who they would choose if they were ever to become POTUS. It will give us an insight into their thinking that we might not otherwise have had.

    And McConnell is already squealing and threatening to gum up the works, but we'll see how this plays out. One thing you can be sure is that all of a sudden the election is gonna be about stopping Obama, and who will be the next Supreme Court Justice of these here 'United' States.

    Conservatives Quickly Refuse Any Obama Court Replacement After Antonin Scalia's Death

    "Senate must simply refuse to appoint anybody."

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/scalia-obama-replacement_us_56bfabe4e4b08ffac1258cf5

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  63. Anonymous3:12 PM

    Obama has a duty to put forth a replacement. He should put forward a nominee, perhaps a person of color, say another latino and let the gop obstruct away and loose 40 states in the election.

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    1. Anonymous3:31 PM

      Yes.

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    2. Anonymous4:11 PM

      Look up thread who Old Redneck suggested. Pretty good thinking that the guy he mentioned was voted 97-0 in his current appointed court position.

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    3. Anonymous4:18 PM

      Don't think that idea has not already been in play since the news broke. Obama is the ultimate political strategy king.

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  64. Anonymous3:13 PM

    Thus the time to get out and vote in November. You know the senate will delay any nomination by the President. Please go vote. It's that important.

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  65. Anita Winecooler3:15 PM

    Haven't read the comments, but what a last few weeks! David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Jimmy Schwartz, and now Antonyn "Hey Roberts, pull my string" Scalia. Well I'll wait to say something nasty about him, so I'll say something nice. He was confirmed by Ronald Reagan. Can't wait for the puke filled praise heaped on him by Rusty Salad Shooter, "All about the bass" Brissy" and Annunziata Franchese.

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    1. Anonymous4:36 PM

      Justice Anthony Kennedy was appointed by Ronald Reagan in his last year as President, on Feb. 18, 1988.

      So the precedent is there for a SCOTUS appointment in the last year of a presidents term, and McConnell is full of shit.

      Also too, Pres. Obama is not considered truly "Lame Duck" until the 2 parties have officially nominated their candidates.

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  66. Anonymous3:30 PM

    I can almost hear the feverish wrestling of pages as speech writers adjust the opening statements for tonight's GOPer debate!

    8^}

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    1. Anonymous4:04 PM

      And once again, Gryph takes one for the team. No way would I ever destroy a Saturday night watching that clusterf*ck.

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  67. Anonymous3:31 PM

    I have not read much about this Judge or his lifetime accomplishments but I will. Did I read he was there for a hunting trip? No disrespect but was Richard chaney invited to this February 14th hunt?

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    1. Anonymous4:16 PM

      Really. You should probably just stay on your home planet and continue to ignore the pathetic goings-ons here on earth. It is literally impossible not to know a thing about Antonin Scalia unless you are totally off-grid. Which, obviously, you are not.

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  68. Anonymous3:37 PM

    Have not read the comments but play your hand, pubes, you are beyond disgusting.

    I will forever miss you, President Obama.
    VOTE.

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  69. Anonymous3:38 PM

    It certainly didn't take the republicans very long to "change the rules".

    I am positive Pres. Obama will ignore them and appoint someone, however we might have to wait until Hillary becomes president for congress to approve.

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  70. Anonymous3:54 PM

    Did the party include Viagra and young girls?

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    1. Anonymous4:23 PM

      How will they close the coffin? Just wondering.

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    2. Anonymous4:39 PM

      Nope. Viagra and young boys.

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  71. Anonymous4:10 PM

    We won't truly know what to think or do until $arah puts out a statement on FB in 2 weeks after she has a chance to see what everyone else says and does and makes it all about her and Bristol also too.

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  72. Anonymous4:18 PM

    I believe President Obama will whip out his balls of steel and prevail with another appointment. From my friends at Reddit:

    Time taken from nomination by president to confirmation by senate:
    Kagan: 3 months
    Sotomayor: 2 months
    Alito: 2 months
    Meirs: withdrawn same month
    Roberts: 2 months (well, two attempts at one month each)
    Breyer: 2 months
    Ginsburg: 2 months
    Thomas: 3 months
    Souter: 3 months
    Kennedy: 3 months
    Bork: 3 months (rejected 1987)
    Scalia: 3 months
    Rehnquist: 3 months
    ...
    Iredel: 2 days (1790)
    So, modern times are all around 2-3 months.

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    1. Anonymous4:53 PM

      You can forget that.

      When Kagan and Sotomayor were confirmed, Democrats were in the majority of the Senate.

      They no longer are.

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  73. Anonymous4:19 PM

    Pres. Obama to make a statement at 8:30 pm EST. (11 min. from now)

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/live

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  74. Anonymous4:31 PM

    I just heard the news and broke out into my happy dance!
    Hooray! The ultimate evil scumbag has died.

    And for those of you who think we shouldn't celebrate, remember this: Bush vs Gore.
    Scalia was part of the gang that gave us Bush, who lied us into a war ... an evil act leading to the deaths of hundreds of thousands. Too bad there isn't a hell for him to burn in!

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  75. Okay, even I can find some sorrow. I'm sorry it was something so sudden. Sometimes, a slower cause of death allows an individual the time to find some remorse for what a heartless fuckin' prick they've been their entire life.

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  76. Pat in MA4:33 PM

    Mitch, hate to break it to you, but the American people have spoken TWICE in 2008 and 2012 as to the selection of the next Supreme Court justice. The president serves a four year term, not three. And for cripes sake, the man JUST died, have you no decency sir? Oh, right....

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  77. Anonymous4:36 PM

    What Donald Trump Has Said About The Kind of Justices He Would Appoint

    http://lawnewz.com/high-profile/what-donald-trump-has-said-about-what-kind-of-justice-he-would-appoint/

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  78. Anonymous4:38 PM

    So, IOW, the next election will be rigged AGAIN. We will have some ReThug selected as President. Diebold will see to that. And the ReThugs will do their durndest best to disqualify as may minorities/democratic voters as they can.

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  79. Anonymous4:41 PM

    With all the chatter about the SCOTUS, this weekend could be a good time for Sarah and Bristol to release the DNA results. Nobody will notice them.

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  80. Anonymous4:44 PM

    Obama, piss off the Right and nominate an Athiest to the Supreme Court!

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  81. Anonymous4:45 PM

    Good riddance to an evil SOB. I can't pretend to feel any other way.

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  82. Anonymous4:46 PM

    Schumer has to threaten the full nuclear option to move McConnell on Supreme Court nomination

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/02/13/1484774/-Schumer-has-to-threaten-the-full-nuclear-option-to-move-McConnell-on-Supreme-Court-nomination

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  83. Anonymous4:50 PM

    Republicans line up to tell Obama to not pick a replacement for Scalia and let he next election decide. Wasn't re-electing Obama as President the reason so he could make the decision of Justice replacement due to death or retirement? Hey, Righties, why did the chicken cross the road?

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