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Albert R. Hunt

A Supreme Court Fight Helps Democrats

If Obama picks the right nominee, Republicans will have to play defense.


Photographer: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

President Barack Obama can make the fight over filling a Supreme Court vacancy a political winner for Democrats.

The debate about what to do with the slot vacated by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia last weekend has already turned into a brawl. Republicans made an initial mistake by insisting they wouldn't even hold hearings on any Obama nominee. That alone has the potential to mobilize the Democratic left.