Whether or not we personally like a particular candidate, we must consider the power they will wield and the choices they will make. Nowhere is this clearer than in the power to appoint Supreme Court justices.
By nominating longtime federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama has put the ball firmly in the Senate's court. The president has made his choice, and taken the first step towards filling the vacancy left by Associate Justice Antonin Scalia.
There is a delicious scenario that could play out like this, if the President were willing. Think of it as Games of Thrones without quite as much bloodshed, luscious costumes or attractive participants.
Today the public has been notified that the battle is coming; the timing of Scalia's death in an election year has ensured it. In presidential election years, Supreme Court nominations are considered very important to voting decisions to a substantial share of the population.