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Would Cruz Be Better on the Supreme Court?

As the Trump/no-Trump contest nears its end game, Steve Scalise floats this thought:

A senior Republican House lawmaker on Tuesday suggested Ted Cruz as a possible Supreme Court pick to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia should Cruz fail to win the GOP presidential nomination.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) laid out the idea during an interview on Fox Business Network when asked about the possibility of Donald Trump and Cruz uniting on a White House ticket. “I think it’s possible, whether it’s Trump and Cruz or, you know, Cruz could be the Scalia replacement,” Scalise said.
“Oh, look, if he’s not our nominee, I think he would be a great replacement for Scalia,” Scalise added of Cruz later when pressed about the possibility of the Texas senator being named to the court. “There’s a role for him either way, whether he’s the nominee. … But at the end of the day I think he and Donald Trump have to come together for the good of the country,” Scalise said.
Senate Republicans have vowed to not hold hearings in a presidential election year to confirm Judge Merrick Garland, President Obama’s nominee to replace Scalia, who died in February.
 It’s a situation worth pondering? Cruz could be of vastly more service to his country on the high court, where his influence could be felt for decades, instead of running for White House, where his limitations as a candidate are hindering him from successfully challenging the frontrunner. If Trump offers him a Supreme Court nomination in lieu of Cruz’s dropping out, should he take it? Would he?