Does it matter if Obama to picks the next Supreme Court justice?

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This year’s Presidential election isn’t just about which Party will control the White House – it’s also about which direction the Supreme Court will go. With four Justices on the High Court over 70-years-old, it’s likely the next President will have a chance to change the makeup of the court. And according to a recent poll – more people trust President Obama than Mitt Romney to pick future justices.

The poll – released by Fox so-called News – showed that by a margin of 46 to 38% - voters want President Obama to pick the next Supreme Court justices. Romney has already come forward saying his model justices are the current Republican-appointees on the court – like Roberts, Scalia, and Alito – all of whom sided with corporations buying our elections in the court’s Citizens United decision in 2010.

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Thom Hartmann A...
Dec. 29, 2009 10:59 am


The Bushes picked their conservative judges young and they will be a majority for a long time. It doesn't matter if cases are decided 5-4 or 6-3. It was a great loss when O'Connor left. That killed any voice of moderation on the conservative side.

May. 8, 2012 12:06 pm

Scalia will die on the bench before he retires with a Democratic President. I can't say about Kennedy.

Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm

Obama's selection will have to find new work once, as a judge, Obama doesn't meet the 'natural-born' criteria. So it may be a moot point (3.5)/4 years into his Presidency.

antikakistocrat's picture
Apr. 18, 2012 3:41 pm

O'Conner screwed the country royally. First by being one of the 4 to agree to hear bush v Gore, then by voting with the tortured logic that the other criminals wrote. She just wanted to retire, had already bought her retirement villa. So she caused 9/11, and she brought 2 wars, and she killed the surplus, and she ran the deficit to trillions. All she had to do was say no, and when the PDB came, Gore [who actually reads] would have increased alerts, and cheney would not have been able to have the guard stand down.

Kennedy was born in '36, so he is still young enough, and he has the most power in the country in some cases, it's good to be the swinger. Ginsburg will be looking to exit.

douglaslee's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm

Because of the power grab that the SCOTUS made in Marbury, progressives need the court to affect change.

Phaedrus76's picture
Sep. 14, 2010 8:21 pm
Quote antikakistocrat:

Obama's selection will have to find new work once, as a judge, Obama doesn't meet the 'natural-born' criteria. So it may be a moot point (3.5)/4 years into his Presidency.

poly replies: Actually, he does meet the "natural-born" criteria. as defined by Congress several centuries ago.. His mother was an American citizen and his father spent at least one day in the U.S. By U.S. law, he could have been born on the moon and been a "natural-born citizen" of the United States..

I'm not really excited about a Pres. who governs far to the right of Republican Presidents Eisenhower and Nixon appointing someone to the court. It will probably be someone he and Romney could agree on.

Retired Monk - "Ideology is a disease"

Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm

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