The GOP, as you may have noticed, has been insistent -- within minutes of the announcement of Justice Scalia's death, not even waiting for a period of mourning, as has long been traditional, not to mention thoughtful -- that they will not even allow a vote to come to the floor, if President Obama even so much as dares to nominate someone, as is his responsibility under the Constitution. (And never mind that they were okay with voting on a Supreme Court nomination during an election year, when in 1988 Ronald Reagan was president -- and a Democratic-led Congress voted to approve his nominee Anthony Kennedy, 97-0.) But despite all the Republican insistence to the contrary, I have an idea on how the Democrats can get someone approved.
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders should drop subtle, behind-the-scene hints (or in front of the scene...) that if they're elected president, and if the position on the Supreme Court is still open, they would be open to nominating a lawyer who is a Constitutional scholar for the seat. His name is Barack Obama.
I think there's a chance the Republicans in the Senate would be on their knees begging Democrats to have the president send a name to the floor -- any name! -- and they would happily and immediately approve it.
And yes, I'm being a bit facetious.
But only a bit.