Krensky wrote:Freehold DM wrote:I have a sneaking suspicion that the Senate won't confirm anyone until after the election.thejeff wrote:indeed, this is the part of it that I am most interested in.
Approximately 151,600 people die every day. I'm sure there are some who died today that I would miss less than Scalia, but I don't know of any.
The political effects will be interesting. Starting with what happens with any cases in progress in which he held a deciding vote. And then what happens with the nomination of his successor.
It's been a long time since a Justice died in office (1954, apparently) and it will be interesting to see if the Senate is willing to hold off a replacement for a full year, in the hopes of a Republican in the White House.
I heard a somewhat delightful "worst case scenario" for a Senate that tries to hold things up.
Obama is trained in constitutional law. If Bernie or Hillary become president . . .
In theory, a Republican controlled Senate could just refuse to vote to confirm any nominee indefinitely. The only consequences would be political.