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Sandra Day O’Connor at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. on May 20, 2009.

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President Obama should be allowed to appoint a Supreme Court replacement for Antonin Scalia despite 2016 being an election year because the Court needs “somebody in there to do the job and just get on with it,” retired justice Sandra Day O’Connor told an Arizona TV station. Meanwhile, a review of the evidence indicates that pundits who say the Democrats would refuse to consider a Republican president’s election-year Supreme Court nominee if the shoe were on the other foot are wrong. Well, probably wrong. It’s a hypothetical. But … probably.

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