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GOP's no-hire court

GOP's no-hire court

Well before the official condolences and tributes could be made, before the flag outside the U.S. Supreme Court could be lowered to half-staff and before much was even known about the circumstances of Antonin Scalia's death Saturday in West Texas, Republicans senators were already pledging not to even consider — perhaps not even to bother conducting hearings over — any Supreme Court nominee offered by President Barack Obama.

And it wasn't just the two senators running their mouths at what had to be the most unpleasant, ill-informed and juvenile presidential debate so far this campaign Saturday evening in Greenville, S.C. — one expects that kind of extremism and...