Alan Dershowitz: "I disagreed with many of his opinions but I admired his intellect and the consistency of his views. He is probably the most influential conservative ever to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States. And history will remember him very fondly."
"President Obama now has the incredibly difficult task of trying to fill this with somebody who could be confirmed by the existing Senate. It's unlikely he'll be able to do it, but he might prefer to pick somebody who would be acceptable to the Senate than to pass completely and let it go to the next president. So that's being discussed in the White House right now, I assure you."