The Supreme Court Follows The Election Returns–And Precedes Them

I expect all sides to act in character vis-a-vis the Supreme Court vacancy. Senate Leader/Turtle McConnell will cross the road even more slowly this election year. President Obama will, I can only hope, use his Constitutional prerogative to make Republican obstruction as politically painful as possible by naming either a South Asian or African-American man or a Vietnamese woman, all of whom are surely utterly qualified but whose identities are inescapably part of the political stew. It has been said (Finley Peter Dunne’s Dooley, I believe) that the Supreme Court follows the election returns. And this year the Supreme Court as an issue also precedes the election returns!


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