Justice Scalia died
1. I am very sad because I enjoyed reading his dissents when I was in law school. He was my favorite Justice.
2. This is a reminder that when people are as old as Scalia (79), you can die just like that even though you appeared healthy the day before.
3. This is a gift to liberals and a horrible blow to conservatives. Obama gets to replace him with a liberal Justice. The 5-4 conservative majority (Scalia, Thomas, Kennedy, Alito and Roberts being the conservatives) has just vanished. Even if a Republican wins the election, it’s too late. Prepare for massive liberal rulings like haven’t been seen since the 1960s. For starters, forget about any chance that the Supreme Court will find Obama’s executive orders on immigration to be unconstitutional.
Obama will nominate a liberal Hispanic.
Why? Hasn’t Obama already appointed a Hispanic justice?
Obama values diversity on the Supreme Court, and the reasoning is that the nation is less than 67% white, so why should the Supreme Court be 78% white. I think that Obama genuinely believes that.
Also, having the Republicans reject a Hispanic nominee will be valuable propaganda with Hispanic voters for the coming presidential election.
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In response to some comments, Roberts is definitely a conservative justice, he’s just not the partisan hack that Obamcare-haters wanted him to be. I think he made the correct legal decision, based on stare decisis, in not finding Obamacare unconstitutional.