I'd go slightly right of center if it was Ginsburg or Breyer. I might even be tempted to go with Merrick Garland in that case. But for Kennedy, I'd go with a Gorsuch clone, whoever that might be.
In Kennedy's case, there is a gamble to be weighed. If his replacement is too conservative, the more centrist Republicans might be troubled by a second strong conservative. With only a 52-48 edge that could be a problem. Should they wait 'til after the 2018 elections, when the odds are the Republicans will gain in the Senate? Maybe, but nothing is certain in elections, as we all saw last November.
Or...can a vote be taken while Kennedy is still on the Court, if he announces his retirement? If so, could Kennedy just make his retirement effective upon the successful confirmation of his successor?
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Things under Obama got a lot worse before they started to get better – and they only started to get better after the GOP took over half of Congress and put the brakes on spending.