Charles Krauthammer analyzes Donald Trump’s release of a list of potential nominees to the Supreme Court:
I think it will have a dramatic effect [on Republicans]. The one thing holding back people from resisting Trump — or at least the major thing — is the fear of what a Clinton presidency would do to the Supreme Court. And how it would change it for a generation.
Now you get a list of eleven [potential nominees] who are quite sterling, three of them clerked for Justice Thomas, two of them for Justice Scalia, the six federal judges all appointed by George W. [Bush], which means they are conservative and they are relatively young — so this is a future-looking list.
The only caveat, is what you and I heard . . . where Trump said his nominee will ‘most likely be from this list.’ Not ‘going to be,’ but ‘will most likely be.’ How do you interpret that? I don’t know. He always leaves himself wiggle room, he says he likes to have leverage. He keeps the leverage but he kindles a little bit of doubt. . . .
By doing something like this to assuage conservatives, he gives cover, he allows some conservatives to come out and support him and say, ‘well I’m not so worried as much about the Supreme Court.’ It starts this cascade of who is going to support Trump.
And once that starts — it’s not going to stop.