Republicans are demanding that Pres. Obama leave it to his successor to fill the Supreme Court seat of the late Antonin Scalia. But the GOP might change its mind if the president nominates a “consesus pick” like Sen. Orrin Hatch.
The Republican from Utah would be nominated only if Obama decided it would be better to pick a candidate Democrats didn’t love than risk a Republican successor making the choice for him. US Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, has suggested Obama go with a ‘‘consensus pick’’ like Hatch. He’s also a key holdout in getting Senate approval for Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.