In Virginia, we have been experiencing some of the same political maneuvering around the matter of appointing a new justice to our Supreme Court as has prevailed for (too) many years on the federal level. Currently, Republicans are battling to deny the Democratic Governor his choice (whom he has already appointed on an interim basis). But in the Senate, the Republican majority is only 21-19, meaning that one defection can produce a tie which would be broken by the Senate President, the Lieutenant Governor (a Democrat).
So please applaud one Republican, Glen Sturtevant, who says as of this weekend that he won't support the Republican effort, based on the rather refreshing premise that the Governor's nominee is distinguished and qualified, and "the politicization of the [judicial nomination] process is not good for the court, not good for the General Assembly, and not good for Virginia."
It's a minor blow for common sense, not yet even worthy of being called a straw in the wind. But with a little more of this kind of thinking - well, no, a LOT more - at the state and federal levels, we might just begin to draw back from the abyss of extreme politicization of absolutely everything that seems to have gripped us of late. We the people would be grateful.