The death of Antonin Scalia is "YUGE" for the Presidential Primaries as well as for the fate of our country. He died while President Obama still has many months to go as President, and all Democrats are eager for the conservative Justice to be replaced with someone younger and liberal. However, the Republicans in the Senate including leader Mitch McConnell immediately stated they would not cooperate in confirming a successor to Scalia, once again hoping to obstruct progress for the President.
There are also questions surrounding Scalia's death at a remote shooting ranch in Texas that will feed into the paranoia of conspiracy theorists like Alex Jones for years to come. In fact, Alex Jones has already called it a "murder," and implicated the President as somehow involved.
The death was announced just before a GOP Primary Debate on CBS-TV, and from the out-of-control behavior on the stage, it's obvious the candidates were thrown for a loop by the news.
While many in Washington and the legal community strained to say nice things about the dead man, my reaction like many others was "Ding Dong the Bigot is Dead!" There's no point in sugar-coating his life or opinions when he was so quick to attack every possible group in the U.S. and make laws to oppress them.
#Scalia was a bigoted, racist homophobic scumbag. He tried to turn our justice system into the Westboro Baptist Church. I'm glad he's dead.— blue meanie (@RealBlueMeanie) February 14, 2016
From the Washington Post
. . . “It wasn’t a heart attack,” Guevara said. “He died of natural causes.”
In a statement Sunday, the U.S. Marshals Service, which provides security for Supreme Court justices, said Scalia had declined a security detail while at the ranch, so marshals were not present when he died. “Deputy U.S. Marshals from the Western District of Texas responded immediately upon notification of Justice Scalia’s passing,” the statement said.
. . . Scalia joined about 35 other people invited by Poindexter, who declined to name the other guests.
Later that day, Scalia went out with the group to hunt blue quail. But “he did not exert himself,” Poindexter said. “He got out of the hunting vehicle, and walked around some.’’
Law enforcement officials said Scalia attended a private party that night with the other guests, and left to go to bed early. But Poindexter said that didn’t seem unusual: All of the guests were tired from traveling to the remote ranch, as well as the day’s other activities. Everyone was in bed by 10 p.m., he said.
. . . The next morning, Scalia did not show up for breakfast. Poindexter at first thought he might be sleeping late, but eventually grew concerned. Late Saturday morning, he and one other person knocked on the door to Scalia’s room, an expansive suite called the “El Presidente.” When there was no answer, they went inside.
“Everything was in perfect order. He was in his pajamas, peacefully, in bed,” Poindexter said.
(Conspiracy Theoriest Alex) Jones said that “this is the season of treason, this is the time of betrayal and we would be fools not to ask the question” if Scalia was assassinated, suggesting that bad actors may have slipped something into the justice’s drink to trigger a heart attack.
President Obama promises to nominate successor for Justice Antonin Scalia https://t.co/hp3AHrxGsj pic.twitter.com/74jIFs9EBr— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) February 14, 2016
Harry Reid, the Senate minority leader, urged President Obama to nominate a successor to Scalia as soon as possible https://t.co/z4y1icwQny— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 13, 2016
The simply breathtaking consequences of Justice Scalia’s death https://t.co/NrPCBOupIe pic.twitter.com/NRM29cqjU2— Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) February 13, 2016
The Latest on Antonin Scalia: Senate Majority Leader McConnell says Obama shouldn't replace Scalia https://t.co/0O2TZttIr9— The Associated Press (@AP) February 14, 2016
McConnell joins Cruz, Rubio & other conservatives in saying Senate should block any Obama SCOTUS appointment https://t.co/AULL0FsKZ7— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) February 13, 2016
Mitch McConnell upon hearing news that Scalia passed away. pic.twitter.com/9kL8E3Cmtz— Dawn (@dawn9476) February 13, 2016
Senator Elizabeth Warren on replacing #Scalia and #Republican obstructionism: #SCOTUS #FillTheSeat pic.twitter.com/k5vqLdSWD4— Joel M. Curzon (@JoelMCurzon) February 14, 2016
There is no tradition of leaving a Supreme Court seat vacant because of an impending presidential election https://t.co/Qj57VS8Om0— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) February 14, 2016
Fact check: Supreme Court justices have been appointed and confirmed in election years. #GOPDebate pic.twitter.com/aAnavO2AFO— The Democrats (@TheDemocrats) February 14, 2016
How many days it took every Supreme Court nomination to be decided https://t.co/z8a5SmfGAh pic.twitter.com/1CAOvUQkjI— NYT Graphics (@nytgraphics) February 14, 2016
LBJ was lame-duck when he named Abe Fortas in 1968.— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) February 14, 2016
That debate implosion you saw tonight was the result of the shockwave of panic that Scalia's death sent through the Republican party. #enjoy— Joey (@60th_Street) February 14, 2016
Justice’s death underscores seriousness of presidential election. GOP candidates respond by screaming at each other for 2 hours #GOPDebate— Daily Intelligencer (@intelligencer) February 14, 2016
Was Scalia the glue holding Republican candidates together and keeping them from going completely off the charts insane? #GOPDebate— Anil Kalhan (@kalhan) February 14, 2016
"Our country literally hangs in the balance," Cruz says. "Literally."— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) February 14, 2016
Great comments from Alex Jones fans: believe U.S. is so lawless POTUS murders SCOTUS judges *to tilt the arc of SCOTUS legal decisions*.— Kyle W. Orton (@KyleWOrton) February 14, 2016
Went to see what was happening at Breitbart Propaganda - here’s the first comment I saw. pic.twitter.com/ZehNAcnFdp— Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) February 13, 2016
Questions surround Scalia's death during hunting trip. Um...Anyone checking on Cheney's whereabouts?— Randy Prine (@randyprine) February 15, 2016
Unless someone force fed a donut or a piece of fried chicken to Scalia, he died a natural death. https://t.co/4pPvDdoQGU— Bill Wong (@ten24get) February 15, 2016