Kurt Schlichter argues at TownHall.com that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death means the “sitcom” of the Republican presidential nomination process has just turned serious.

The stakes are monumental.

Do Americans have a right to keep and bear arms?

Can the government prosecute someone for criticizing Hillary Clinton?

Are we going to watch our country go into convulsions?

The death of Justice Antonin Scalia has brought into harsh focus what we all knew were the stakes in this election – the composition of the Supreme Court, the final obstacle to complete progressive control. But we put that aside as we watched, and sometimes even enjoyed, the antics of Donald Trump. We’ve also tolerated the sad decline of Dr. Ben Carson from forthright hero to whiny, unready also-ran, the bizarre rush to the left of John Kasich, and the entitlement ego trip that is the quixotic crusade of Jeb Bush.

The nonsense needs to end. This just got real.

The next president will appoint Justice Scalia’s replacement, and thereby determine whether the Supreme Court will remain a bulwark of liberty or a tool of liberal fascism. …

… No more games, no more clowning around.  There’s no question Cruz and Rubio will nominate real conservatives.  But The Donald?  Donald Trump’s frivolous speculation about appointing his ultra-liberal federal judge sister to the Supreme Court was vaguely amusing when it was just a hypothetical; now we need real answers.  We need the names of the real, committed conservatives he would appoint to replace Justice Scalia.  “I’ll find the best people, brilliant people, fabulous people” won’t cut it.  Who, Donald?