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On a related note, I'm with @4. Given her poor health, I sure hope that Justice Ginsburg makes the personal sacrifice of stepping down while Obama is in office, just in case a Republican wins in 2016.
But yeah... if Scalia suddenly dropped dead, I wouldn't shed a tear.
In fact, conservatives have already wished for the deaths of the liberal justices.
Here's Pat Robertson in 2003:
Here's Senator Jim Bunning in 2009:
And not a Supreme targeted, but here's a prayer for Obama's death for a Kansas politician.
I'm more interested in who the next Fed chairperson will be.
Another money printer and asset inflator like Volker-Greenspan-Bernanke who will slavishly raise the value of the paper elite while devaluing everyone else.
but you should hide your face out of deference to humanity.
I'd rather see them incapacitated, in great pain, but unwilling to communicate, kept alive by artificial means for years as their personal fortunes dwindle, leaving their families resenting every breath they draw, and wishing they'd just die already.
If Democrats can hold the White House for two more terms through 2024, based on the average retirement or death age of every Supreme Court Justice since the 1950s, it's basically guaranteed that Democrats could have placed by then at least 6 or 7 of the 9 Supreme Court Justices. A massive super majority.
This was done by the Republican justices in preparation for the 2016 elections. Every percentage point that can be wrung out will be wrung out, the votes of non-white non-Republicans be damned. If they lose the White House in 2016 they may lose the nation outright.
@33 - Awesome. <3
Outadaway, old trogs. Out of the way. Get going. The rest of us have plans and they don't include you.
No, you're not a horrible, horrible person "to imagine the (natural) death of conservative justices." any more I am to imagine the same of a liberal justice. Alas, you've proved to me at least, you're no more ideological than Scalia himself is.
Look, the SCOTUS is ideological at the end of the day. Presidents have great interest in who they choose for the Court. It may be their only true legacy for better or for worse depending. Some Presidential appointments disappoint. Some surprise. But, it reflects the ideological divide of the country. So, a decision like this isn't too surprising.
I've yet to read this Court Opinion (have you?). It did surprise me but I want to give it the benefit of the doubt.
For the record, I want ALL the SC Justices regardless of their political disposition to remain healthy and lucid. This Opinion, like Roe vs. Wade might remain contentious for a long long time.
Or perhaps a system where the justices are forced to retire after the term of their 75th birthday.
Anyhow, enter me, late to a final lecture before the end of semester, clocking out, bursting through the library entrance, and about to bound down the multi-story not-so-grand spiral staircase. Then someone back at the main desk called after me. I looked back to yell I'd see them tomorrow, while still running forward toward the stairs, only to quickly turn around to see that I was about to barrel straight into a portly man, with a taller skinnier man behind him.
He'd apparently not been paying attention either, judging by his gaping eyes as he turned his head around and our eyes met…about 6 inches apart. We both grabbed on to each other, and launched down several stairs, with him underneath me.
I got up, utterly embarrassed and apologizing profusely.
Then I noticed the strangely official lapel pin on the skinny man, who was trying to help both of us up, but mostly the fat guy. Hmm… Only to start to realize, hey, there's something familiar about this fat guy.
Then it hit little liberal Berkeley me like a ton of bricks. Holy fuck. I'd just surfed Scalia. With a Democrat in the White House. (Cliinton. 1995ish.) And I hadn't killed him. What the fuck? What the fuck was wrong with me missing that kind of opportunity!
Dear America, Women and their Vaginas, Brown People, Al Gore, and all that is Right and True, I apologize for not realizing sooner who he was as we slide-bounced down the stairs, and maybe just pushing down on his head a little or something.
As for the fat fuck. He was pleasant enough to me. He also apologized profusely for not looking where he was going, asked if I was OK, and tried to reassure me that he was all right. But true to form, it didn't seem like he was so worried about my well being per se, more that he was worried that I would be mortified that I had careened into his oh so magisterial self. What Conservatives call empathy really does always come back to being about them.
I do think back from time to time on it and what-if. Scalia toast in 1995. How great would that have been?
Everybody dies eventually.
You'd have been the third answer to any question looking for a response that begins with Sarah Jane Moore and Squeaky Fromme.