Are you recording? The question of the moment is, how is the
tragic passing of Justice Scalia going to affect the 2016 race? And there are two possible
ways of looking at it, sort of the difference between “is” and “ought”. It ought to have a profound effect on the
2016 race. It ought to be disqualifying for certain candidates, particularly people like
Donald Trump, who give no evidence that they take the Constitution particularly seriously. How it is affecting the 2016 race kind of
remains to be seen. It certainly helps Ted Cruz, who has got a very good brand in constitutional
issues, knows the Supreme Court well. It helps Marco Rubio to a lesser extent. But what it does do for both sides is it heightens
the stakes. Everybody recognizes now that the future of the Supreme Court essentially
depends upon this next presidential election. It will almost surely create a much uglier
political environment because the fight on Capitol Hill is going to be bleeding into
the presidential race, and vice versa. So, what are your thoughts on Justice Scalia?
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