Less than six hours after the death of Antonin Scalia the political battle has already begun with Republicans calling on President Obama to let his successor name Scalia's replacement.
No real surprise there. I figure there are two chances of that happening, slim and none.
The trick is to come up with a slightly left of center jurist who has impeccable credentials and who can project an air of competence and integrity.
There should be no shortage of such candidates and putting such an individual forward as soon as possible could land the Republicans between a rock and a hard place.
Either they allow Obama to appoint another fairly safe liberal voice to the court or they obstruct the nomination and risk a public backlash in a election year.
If I were the Democrats I would pull out all the stops on this one and literally go for the throat. If they're vicious enough they might even get both the nominee appointed and a negative backlash against the Republicans.
Of course they won't play hard ball because they're god damned pussies.
On the other hand, Obama could nominate an openly Gay Black Hispanic Muslim Atheist Illegal Immigrant and let the chips fall where they may.