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  •  this supposes that Obama would appoint well (2+ / 0-)
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    Vince CA, corvo

    that is, if Scalia were gone would the President nominate a Sotomayor type or would he, in the interest of "fair play" and being "President of all the people" nominate a right-leaning justice?

    I don't have 100% faith that President Obama would do the former.

    •  Sotomayor and especially Kagan (3+ / 0-)
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      Vince CA, bear83, askew

      are more centrist than many here would like, but they're SURE as hell no Scalia or Alito or Roberts.  

      I think your concern is overly pessimistic.  Obama may strive to build consensus, but he clearly has many well-articulated views of his own and there is every reason to think he will continue choosing justices who share them.

      "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

      by lgmcp on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 02:21:06 PM PST

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      •  "centrist" puts it mildly. (3+ / 0-)
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        Shahryar, lgmcp, Vince CA

        Sotomayor's first federal court appointment was made by Poppy Bush, and don't even get me started on Kagan.

        The red shift of both parties is apparent in its SCOTUS nominations.  It's now entirely inconceivable (without strong medication) that someone like Douglas or Marshall.  When I think that by far the most liberal SCOTUS justice in recent memory was a Republican appointee (and Douglas's replacement), I just have to shake my head in sadness for what has been lost.

        •  Yes, there is red shift (1+ / 0-)
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          Vince CA

          Still, unless in case of the extreme scenario that a right-wing justice were assassinated in office, I couldn't see Obama giving them a replacement right-wing justice.

          "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

          by lgmcp on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 09:07:02 AM PST

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    •  I think he'd appoint centrists or liberals (0+ / 0-)

      A president who feels compunction to bow to the other party should only do so if that party controls the Senate confirmation hearings. That said, we still got Thomas through a Democratic-controlled 102nd Senate.

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