The significance and impact on the nation and SCOTUS of his passing goes without saying. If President Obama can appoint a more liberal Justice on the Court, the balance could shift and perhaps some of the nonsense of the court’s previous rulings could be overturned. Thinking of United Citizen, etc. Of course this happening with a Republican controlled legislature will be extremely difficult. Not sure what happens when there are only 8 until a new Justice is appointed.
Here is the article: Senior SCOTUS Associate Justice Antonin Scalia Found Dead at West Texas Ranch. David Atkins at Washington Monthly reported this just moments ago.