Conservatives may mourn the death of their colorful advocate, Antonin Scalia. At age 79, he died at a Texas hunting resort, at age 79. On the U.S. Supreme Court, he represented a strict interpretation of the U.S. constitution.
Liberals, though, would like this opportunity to rush for confirmation a more progressive voice to replace it. However, the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate probably won't allow that as long as President Obama, a liberal, is in office.
Essentially, since this is his last year, he is a lame duck. As The Hill reports, Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) has already gone on record of saying no way will the current President choose the nominee. Senator Lee sits on the Judiciary panel.
Therefore, who will replace Justice Scalia now becomes a top-drawer Campaign 2016 issue. The Democrats can warn liberals supporting Donald Trump that they risk decades of conservative rulings on the U.S. Supreme Court. GOP presidential candidates can warn the nation that if a Democrat is allowed into the White House next January, the country could go to hell with radical interpretations of the constitution.