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the death of Supreme Court justice and conservative icon Antonin Scalia setting up an epic battle over the future of the court from the White House and Congress to the twenty sixteen campaign trail raiders legal affairs editor Joan Biskupic typically it was the voice of conservatism on this court initiate lean and effective in buying an appointee of Barack Obama that would mean that the family with him from our life for conservatives inside for probably liberal , for decades dating back to Chief Justice Warren burger William Rehnquist in out John rocker's , suddenly a tip to the last it will significantly change the law of the land this is mission impossible for the Obama administration I can't envision a scenario right away that could get somebody through without a major battle even though president Obama with eleven months left in office is bowing to nominate clothier successor but Majority Leader Mitch McConnell played the Republican led Senate won't even hold hearings on anti Obama nominee making mistakes in the twenty sixteen race for president that much harder illegal then decades to have a judicial nominations right in the middle of a political action , I just think there are times and think of this court this court is polarized in a way that prior court have intent with record numbers of five four ruling , Republican candidate that their debate Saturday and again on Sunday calling for the nomination to be left to the next president democratic candidate Bernie Sanders told CBS Sunday president Obama's nominee should get a fair hearing Hillary Clinton called the Republicans plan to delay outrageous without Senate action the Supreme Court would have only eight justices for the next year evenly split boredom or and unable to rule on a host of high profile cases from affirmative action to public sector unions to abortion