As regular readers know, I've both lauded and mocked, marveled and openly disdained, Antonin Scalia's supreme court opinions/dissents over the years. So it was shocking to hear over the weekend of his passing, and the immediate tectonic effect it had on the 2016 election.
An epic Washington political battle took shape on Sunday after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia as Senate Republicans dug in and said they would refuse to act on any Supreme Court nomination by President Obama. But the White House vowed to select a nominee within weeks.
Multiple Republican senators said they strongly supported the position of Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, that the vacancy should not be filled until after the presidential election, denying Mr. Obama a chance to reconfigure the ideological makeup of the court in the last year of his second term.