Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion: If This Doesn't Motivate You For November, Nothing Will: "What if Kennedy's single vote didn't matter anymore because Kennedy or one of the four solidly conservative members of the Court retired, became ill, or died, and was replaced by an Obama nominee?
Food for thought: Justices Scalia and Kennedy each were born in 1936.
Obama would have the opportunity to shape the Court for a generation, not just to replace liberal Justices with other liberal Justices.
CBS News' Jeff Greenfield refers to this as The (Possible) Mother of All Battles
Who do you want Chairing the Senate Judiciary Committee in such event, Pat Leahy (D-VT) or Jeff Sessions (R-AL)?"