I remembered a friend who had an interesting encounter with Justice Antonin Scalia years back, and I asked him to recount it.
Nebraska Republican Chairman, Dan Welch:
In 1995 I was working for Congressman Jon Christensen in Washington DC and got word that I was admitted into the Creighton School of Law. I accepted Creighton’s invitation but before I left Washington I put together a short list of people I wanted to meet. Justice Antonin Scalia was at the top of the list.
I admired him then as I do today as a giant in American history, a great defender of the constitution, and a conservative intellectual the likes of which the United States Supreme Court may never see again. I was both surprised and thrilled when the Justice agreed to meet with me.
I was invited to his chambers and sat with him for part of an afternoon. We discussed the United States Government, law school and my pending career as a lawyer. It was truly one of my most memorable experiences from my time in Washington.
Today, I mourn the loss of this great patriot, all that he meant to American Jurisprudence and his profound impact on this country. May he rest in peace.
(I also recall Dan noting that Justice Scalia had a number of Dracula figurines displayed that people had given him. And took one down that was behind them before they took the attached pic. That cracked me up.)
Thanks to Dan Welch for sharing that memory.
Everybody calm down
Lots of talking back and forth on the appointment of a new Justice.
As many of you have no-doubt read, New York Senator Chuck Schumer demanded at the end of President George W. Bush’s term that if an opening occurred, the next President should fill it. So Mitch McConnell has said nothing different than what the then political-fueled Democrats were saying.
It’s not rocket-science. The President can nominate someone, and the Senate can accept or reject that person in whatever Constitutional manner they want.
(There was a suggestion in the comments that the Senate would look “foolish” if they didn’t confirm a current judge whom they’d recently confirmed. But the only point they would need to make is that this is a different position. Or they judge had since ruled a way did not like. Or that this is Tuesday.)
Then again, if the Senate wanted to “advise”, they could come up with a short list for the President to consider. Heck, I’m not so sure he WON’T do that. He could say, “let me see your list.”
Then there was Jonah Goldberg’s suggestion…
Stick with me: Obama nominates himself. Congress leaps at chance to remove O. Biden becomes POTUS, runs as incumbent. HRC gets steak knives.
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) February 14, 2016
Ground and pound
As far as Saturday’s debate went, Marco Rubio did himself well by not diving into the octagon with the other candidates. Then again, because of it he was kind of out of the news cycle.
But no one — Trump, Cruz, Bush — came out unbruised. And Trump has gone so far on that end, I’m very interested to see how South Carolinians will react.
It was one thing to say that “George W. Bush didn’t keep us safe, because of 9/11.” It was another to say, “We shouldn’t have gone to war in Iraq.” But Trump saying, pretty specifically, that Bush KNEW there were no WMDs in Iraq, and lied about it, is a whole ‘nother direction.
So much seems to just roll off of Trump’s back, and one can argue that he knows exactly what he wants to say in the debates and elsewhere. But that was really kicking it up a few notches — and really against an opponent (Bush) who is way down in the polls.
And since it was a weird Saturday night debate, and most people were not watching, that message is probably the only one that people will get.
The only ways to go
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