Republicans can push their faux newbies like Rubio, or Ryan, or even a complete contradiction like the
job-creator job-killer Scott Walker, but having their angry and exclusionary core identity carried by a crank like Antonin Scalia will continue to make for a marginalized and toxic 'party.'
This piece nails it.
Scalia would seem to summarize for many the reversal of fortunes for Republicans. The justice who headed the court that delivered the presidency to George W. Bush, the man whose mean wit and arrogant swagger seemed just right for the cowboy years of the Texas president — suddenly he, like the party he so often favors in his opinions, seems out-of-touch....
Gay marriage? Well, “homosexual sodomy” is an “easy ” one for the judge. He says, “If we cannot have moral feeling against homosexuality, can we have it against murder? Can we have it against other things?”
On many issues, the justice seems to reason with his gut, rather than his mind — another Republican characteristic that now seems anachronistic.