The Supreme Court Political Chess Game

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March 25, 2016 by skokielib

As always, TalkingPointsMemo’s Josh Marshall provides a very interesting perspective on the replacement of Supreme Court Justice Scalia.

I find politics simultaneously fascinating and disturbing. Fascinating because the strategy, the vision, and the steps each sides takes are often unpredictable, but even when the actions are predictable, the outcomes are not. It is a little like military history. Fascinating and tragic at the same time.

It is tragic because the American people become the pawns in this ongoing game. And chess players all know, sacrificing a pawn to protect a king, or, more importantly, capture a more valuable piece is a worthwhile move.

We are pawns. We are being sacrificed. I’m not sure if it is really for the greater good.

That said, President Obama has proved repeatedly that he is a master of the political chess match and Republicans keep forgetting that. They have fought him at every turn for seven years, and while they have had some minor victories, they seldom come out on top.

I can only hope that the American people see the Republican obstructionism for what it is and vote for Democrats to end this nonsense. Especially if Trump is the Republican nominee as appears to be the most likely outcome.

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