By Jeff Knox
Buckeye, AZ –-(Ammoland.com)- On Saturday, Feb. 13 2016, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died at a West Texas hunting resort, one month shy of his 80th birthday.
New York Times columnist Ross Douthat commented, “Politics aside, we should all die full of years, with 28 grandchildren, in our sleep after quail hunting.”
But politics was not really put aside for a moment. Justice Scalia led the “conservative” wing of the precariously balanced court, and his death immediately raises questions about succession. As I have often reported in recent months, the Supreme Court is, or should be, one of the central issues of the 2016 presidential election.
The untimely death of Justice Scalia has brought that fact home in a very tangible way.
The two sides of the court have been almost evenly split, with a slight edge to the “conservatives,” for over two decades. On the “liberal side, are Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg (83), Stephen Breyer (77), Elana Kagan (56), and Sonia Sotomayor (62). On the “conservative” side are Chief Justice John Roberts (61), Samuel Alito (66), and Clarence Thomas (68). Holding the critical “swing” …Read the Rest