He was a Ronald Reagan appointee (1986). The first person of Italian ancestry appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. A brilliant legal mind. He helped rein in the abuses of the Warren Court and re-established intellectual rigor on the court. He had a big sense of humor. He was a solid interpretivist/originalist. (If you don’t know what that means, look it up. Or ask Old Iron Knees.)
Antonin Scalia actually took his “support and defend the Constitution of the United States” oath seriously. Unlike some other folks we can name. (Hi, Barack.)
Justice Antonin Scalia’s sudden passing sets up a battle royale. Like this: The White House and the usual suspects vs. those who believe in limited government and constitutional fidelity. It’ll certainly introduce an interesting wrinkle into the November elections. (Note to Obama: We are not a “democracy.” We’re a constitutional republic. You’re welcome.)
DemoLibs wasted no time making hay out of Scalia’s death. In a Saturday evening email entitled, BREAKING: Supreme Court nomination (add your name), the DNC “Rapid Response Team” trotted out partisan politics by accusing Republicans of playing partisan politics:
In tonight’s debate, the Republican presidential candidates were asked whether or not President Obama should nominate a new justice to the Supreme Court. They said Congress should block, delay, or otherwise refuse to allow the President to fill this vacancy. (Emphasis in original.)
There’s no excuse for this. It’s putting partisan politics above the Constitution and the rule of law, and it’s appalling to hear from any public official — let alone someone who thinks he should be the next President of the United States.
The email closed with, “Add your name to call on Republicans to follow the Constitution instead of obstructing the confirmation of our next Supreme Court justice:
The good news: DemoLibs have suddenly discovered the Rule of Law and the Constitution. Oh, happy day!
In a galactic case of hypocrisy even for DemoLibs, the email sniffed that Obama should “fulfill his constitutional obligation to nominate a successor to fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court — and that nominee deserves a fair hearing in the Senate.”
I’d comment further on this but I’m fresh out of Pepto Bismol. Dang.
RIP, Antonin. You will be missed.