The (possible) mother of all battles: What if a conservative Supreme Court justice retires?

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This is not a prediction. I don’t know how to see into the future, and I’ve long lamented the besetting journalistic sin of confidently asserting what’s going to happen.

So call it a possibility — one that, should it develop, is going to make the political wars of the recent past look like models of bipartisan civility.

This possibility rests on two assumptions: First, that Republicans will make significant gains in the Senate this November; Second, that between January of next year and Election Day 2012, one of the five conservative Supreme Court justices will leave the court.

The first assumption is a probability; the second, nothing more than a hypothetical. If it becomes reality, start moving the furniture out of the room.

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