If President Barack Obama was right when he said recently that “we’re going to have Supreme Court appointments” before his presidency ends, then who might they be­ — and could he get them confirmed in an era of extreme partisanship?

Obama’s comments during a Martha’s Vineyard fundraiser on Aug. 11 were enough to kick-start the perennial guessing game that precedes rare and highly prized Supreme Court vacancies. Patricia Millett, Sri Srinivasan and Paul Watford, who were each Obama nominees to U.S. courts of appeals, quickly rose to the top of the early betting list as potential appointees.

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