GOP Might Back Off Supreme Court Fight

Souter's replacement won't tip the balance of the court, so the GOP may not fight.

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

An epic political battle over President Obama's expected pick for the Supreme Court might not happen, we hear. The reason: Though he was chosen by a Republican, retiring Justice David Souter voted like a Democrat, so the GOP doesn't see the partisan divide on the court changing. The big fight will come when a conservative judge leaves. "This is a freebie," says a GOP aide. "The full fight for the court hasn't happened yet," he adds.

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