Media Look At The Election And The Supreme Court

As many of you know I am not one to buy in to the whole media conspiracy theory but sometimes I do see stories that make me wonder.

An article up today on Yahoo paints a quasi horrified picture of the US Supreme Court should Mitt Romney wins the Presidency.

Now you certainly cannot deny that there is a good chance that the next President will appoint one or more justices and depending on who they are the direction of the court could be shifted.

But in reading the article I don’t see any analysis about how President Obama could also have a major impact on the Court and certainly not with the muted “how horrible it would be” tone.

This reminds me of a story I saw this morning on CNN where the commentators were discussing Chief Justice Roberts and whether he would continue to try and shape the image of the court (as many suggest he did with the health care ruling).

One of the reporters said, in tones similar to saying a person liked to kick puppies, “Well remember he is… a conservative”.

Again nobody seemed upset that people on the court are liberals.

Author: PATRICK EDABURN, Assistant Editor

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  1. Aw shucks, I thought he ate them for breakfast-raw.

  2. The most likely justices to retire are liberals and the one swing justice, Kennedy. This might be why the article was not so concerned about the possible impact that Obama could have on the balance of the court. He has appointed two justices so far without affecting the court’s balance. In fact the two justices he appointed have voted more often with the conservatives than they have voted against them.

    On the other hand Romney has promised to continue Bush’s practice of appointing justices who will vote to achieve the conservative social agenda and to provide pro-corporate, anti-consumer votes. If he replaces two of the liberals or swing justices with his promised type of justices we can expect twenty to thirty years of Citizens United and Heller type judgments handed down by the US Supreme Court.

  3. Merkin said: “He has appointed two justices so far without affecting the court’s balance. In fact the two justices he appointed have voted more often with the conservatives than they have voted against them.”
    Nobody’s perfect, not even Obama.

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