Tilting the playing field: How Republican “constitutional hardball” has reshaped politics

Newt Gingrich; Mitch McConnell; Donald Trump (Credit: AP/Duricka/Jacquelyn Martin/Evan Vucci)

Republicans stole a Supreme Court seat — and that may be the most overlooked reason why Donald Trump is president today. That alluring possibility was clearly the main reason why so many Republicans stood by Trump (or at least held their tongues) even in the worst days of the 2016 campaign, after the “Access Hollywood” tape surfaced.

Of course the theft wasn’t legally defined as such, nor...

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