Having been out at a dinner party and having partaken of a number of cocktails, my thoughts of the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will have to wait until morning. As regular readers know, I have argued for quite some time that Scalia needed to be removed from the Court because of his refusal to remain non-partisan and to adhere to the rules of judicial conduct that govern other federal judges. That said, a few comments from friends and fellow activists may sum up the feelings of many. One said "He might not be in a better place. But we certainly are." Another said "I know it's wrong but, it's hard not to feel happy about this news. It's wrong wrong. But, I cannot find another emotion that fits."
Scalia was stridently anti-gay, anti-woman, and anti-minority. If there is a God and a Hell, Scalia may be learning how wrong he was on so many things. I would be lying if I said that I would mourn the man's passing. In many ways he embodied what is wrong with the nation's judiciary. It is very telling that Republicans in the U.S. Senate are vowing to block any Obama appointee even though their office requires that the consider and vote up or down on presidential nominees. All they are showing is that they are as unfit for office as Scalia had become.