The Supreme Court’s decisions have real consequences for how we live our day-to-day lives as citizens of the United States. They influence everything from whether we can get married to the people we love, where we go to school and who sits next to us in class, how we practice our religion, whether we can vote, and the dynamics between employers and employees. The court doesn’t get the answers to all these questions right, but its rulings are not airy, theoretical, or ephemeral. They’re real, and they reverberate.
So it is natural that the fight over replacing Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will dominate American political life over the coming weeks, perhaps even months.