June 29, 2008


A Win by McCain Could Push a Split Court to Right (Robert Barnes, 6/29/08, Washington Post)

For much of its term, the Supreme Court muted last year's noisy dissents, warmed to Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.'s vision of narrow, incremental decisions and continued a slow but hardly steady move to the right.

But as justices finished their work last week, two overarching truths about the court remained unchanged: It is sharply divided ideologically on some of the most fundamental constitutional questions, and the coming presidential election will determine its future path.

A victory by the presumptive Democratic nominee, Barack Obama, would probably mean preserving the uneasy but roughly balanced status quo, since the justices who are considered most likely to retire are liberal. A win for his Republican counterpart, John McCain, could mean a fundamental shift to a consistently conservative majority ready to take on past court rulings on abortion rights, affirmative action and other issues important to the right.

...only one would shift the legal system back towards protecting life instead of sanctioning death.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 29, 2008 8:39 AM

The hope that McCain would not be nearly as bad as Obama on the judges is keeping some conservatives in his camp. McCain has to keep saying soothing things to conservatives on judges until the election. Whether he pulls a switch back after the election (assuming he wins) is a gamble conservatives will need to take.

Posted by: AWW at June 29, 2008 11:04 AM

You want a sure thing? Elect Obama and see what kind of judges he'll appoint.

Posted by: erp at June 29, 2008 2:24 PM

McCain is just as much a perfect pick for our side as is Baraka Hussein Obama. We would not have had the proverbial snowball's chance if it had been any other Republican against almost any other Democrat.

The Right to Keep and Bear Arms, the Right to Life, the ownership society, parental choice in education, human-centered energy policy, family values--all are in play. The Skipper can deliver on these things --he has seen what happens to Republicans who go all kinder and gentler on us.

Effendi Obama is going keep the Supreme Court on a knife's edge, at the best, and is going to trash our geopolitical responsibilities.

Allow me to suggest that anyone so brain-dead as not to see this go get a job building that fence down in the Southwest or something similarly meaningless and harmless.

Posted by: Lou Gots at June 29, 2008 4:01 PM

No, he doesn't. They'll fall in line. Conservatives are sheep.

Posted by: oj at June 29, 2008 4:20 PM

I have yet to see any evidence that conservative voters are not behind McCain, despite the noises from the likes of inside-the-Beltway or NRO types (I know, redundant).

In most polls, states or national, he is getting 85+ of Republican voters, compared to Obama struggling to reach 75% of Dem voters. Among evangelicals, I saw a poll where he was leading Obama 68-22, much better than Bush's 63-33 edge over Kerry. These is no reason to doubt that these numbers will rise as the late summer and fall campaigns unfold.

Now, the ITB types will always be nattering about something, that's what they are paid for, and that's what they have always done, against any candidate, be it Reagan or Bush.

Posted by: sam at June 29, 2008 6:19 PM


Posted by: oj at June 29, 2008 7:50 PM
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