The bitter confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh has ramped up a debate, once only the stuff of academic musings, over how to tamp down the hyper-partisan confirmation process.

Progressives, frustrated that the U.S. Senate in 2016 blocked Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to the high court and fearing a rightward shift at the court, are leading the dialogue for—and against—various longshot proposals. And all of it hinges on Democrats winning control of Congress and the White House.

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