The 3-Dimensional Chess of the Senate's Supreme Court Fight

The Takeaway

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Republican Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval removed himself from consideration for a seat on the Supreme Court yesterday, just a day after reports surfaced that he was being vetted by the White House.

The seat left open by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has become a major issue in the campaign. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton mentioned it on Thursday at a rally in Williamsburg, South Carolina:

"I sure hope the president chooses a true progressive who will stand up for the values and the interest of the people who understands that you need to protect the right to vote of a person, not the right of the corporation; who understands that we need the Voting Rights Act to be enforced because too many people are being deprived," she said.

Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee say they have come to a consensus that there should be no hearings on a Supreme Court nominee this year, period.

Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich explains that the GOP's decision to refuse to even hold hearings on an Obama Supreme Court pick opens up a multifaceted political standoff with Democrats—a standoff with upsides and downsides at all levels of the 2016 election.