Politics is a bit like chess, even to a political centrist such as ourselves.
At CNBC's NBC News, Corky Siemaszko headlines that Scalia's replacement likely to be Loretta Lynch.
Loretta Lynch is the current U.S. Attorney General and a career prosecutor, so that if she turns out to be Obama's U.S. Supreme Court nomination to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, it will be difficult for conservatives to cast her as a liberal.
Moreover, in this Presidential election year such a nomination would probably be a brilliant political chess move.
Loretta Lynch, as a woman and black, would put conservative Republicans in dire straits in trying to oppose or delay her confirmation in any way, otherwise giving the Democratic Party Presidential candidate strong ammunition to take away many black and women's votes from the Republican Party candidate.
Besides, Lynch has already and recently endured a 166-day delay in being confirmed as the U.S. Attorney General. What more can Congress ask her?
Here is what Emily Bazelon at Vogue magazine wrote in Loretta Lynch’s Tenure as Attorney General Is off to a Dramatic Start:
"After President Obama selected her last November, she waited more than five months to be confirmed, longer than the seven previous nominees for the job combined. Lynch’s record was never the problem: At 56, she’d done two stints as U.S. attorney in Brooklyn for New York’s Eastern District, where she was well liked and oversaw major terrorism, Mafia, and public-corruption prosecutions. Republicans approved of the fact that she had no personal ties to the president—and yet Lynch found herself in Washington’s version of purgatory, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell held up her nomination in an effort to wring concessions from Democrats on immigration and abortion."There was no excuse for such a prolonged delay then, and even less now.
Are the conservatives now going to try to take on, e.g. the readers of Vogue magazine, i.e. "the woman's world", not even speaking about politics?
With Hillary Clinton as the likely Democratic Party Presidential candidate, a woman who also has much black support, it would not be very smart.
To put this all into a man's language. Checkmate.