Searching for a way to put a new justice on the nation's highest court, President Barack Obama is hoping that all politics really is local — even Supreme Court politics.
The president and his allies are pressuring Republican senators back home, aiming to make life politically uncomfortable for the lawmakers who've vowed that only Obama's successor will fill the seat of the late Antonin Scalia.
It's a long shot. Only a few Republicans have expressed openness to even hold hearings on a nominee. Obama must first get Republicans to break from leadership on that and then win confirmation support from 14 GOP senators.
The president is still trying to make his case. The White...