Stevens is retiring. If all sign point to a shift to the right in the 2010 mid-term and possibly a Republican in the Oval Office in 2012, if Terry Gross's guest on March 25, Mark Potok from the Southern Poverty Law center, is accurate and the right has ultimately ceded its moderate ground and is shifting hard right, what is President Obama to do? Should he give up re-election in favor of putting a young progressive on the bench while he has the votes, or should he go for maintaining majorities in congress and maintaining the White House? Challenge: comment on the ideas and the politics in this question, but avoid personal (ad hominen) attacks on the people on the opposite side of the fence. I believe we can still do this! Prove me right!