While we are mulling the conservative reaction to their eroding position on marriage equality, and the strain that is going to put on the GOP’s presidential field, Greg Sargent has an interesting and very realistic hypothetical:

[W]hat happens if the Supreme Court declares a Constitutional right to gay marriage this summer? Do Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal, and Mike Huckabee demand a federal marriage amendment to the Constitution and challenge Bush and Scott Walker to join them?

The answer to Greg’s specific question is “Yes.” But the real conservative position–since a constitutional amendment clearly ain’t happening–may depend on the configuration of the Court. If it’s a 5-4 decision with Kennedy as the swing vote, then the ruling will simply join the big abortion rights precedents as first on the docket for reversal by a newly solidified conservative Court majority once President Walker or Bush or whoever has been in office a while. Because Dred Scott.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.