With the sudden death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the selection of nominees for the Supreme Court has once again been thrust into the center of the race for the White House. In one sense, it is disappointing that it took a shock like this to focus the electorate’s attention on what may be the single most important Presidential duty. But on an even deeper level, it is tragic that the Supreme Court has acquired so much power that the nomination fights have become the paramount political battles of our present age.
The reader will recall that Matthew Lee Anderson, Jake Meador, and Matthew Loftus took to these “pages” and decried not only the primary support received by Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, but also the very essence of the Cruz campaign. Anderson went so far as to swear off supporting Cruz in a general election against the Democratic nominee, a position Meador and Loftus subsequently defended. In the comments, many readers objected that surely the fact that Ted Cruz would advance better nominees for the Supreme Court than any Democrat, was reason enough to justify consistent Christian conservatives supporting Cruz in the general election. Justice Scalia’s passing demands that we examine this argument more closely. Continue reading