If Barack Obama wants to avoid a drawn out battle over his Supreme Court nominee, Mark Halperin has some advice:
- Vet the nominee exhaustively, and if anything comes up, make sure it comes out early and favorably.
- Be ready to play up “whatever Horatio Alger elements” of the nominee’s life story you can find.
- Line up Republicans willing to say nice things about him/her.
- Consult with Pat Leahy “again and again and again, until your mouth, brain, and ears hurt.”
- Set up a rapid-response center to field questions and attacks.
- Bring the “liberal echo chamber” onboard, allowing interest groups and talking heads to combat the Sean Hannitys of the world.
- Most of all, Obama should trust his instincts. “He’s good with history, personality, and legacy,” Halperin writes.
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