The 2012 Election and the Supreme Court
Tony Mauro in USA Today writes about the 2012 election and the Supreme Court. He lists the oldest justices. Three will turn 80 during this next presidential term:
- 79, Ginsburg
- 76, Scalia
- 75, Kennedy
- 73, Breyer
If a President Romney gets to appoint replacements for liberals Ginsburg and Breyer, then abortion rights, gay rights, affirmative action and campaign-finance reform could well be in serious jeopardy. If President Obama gets to replace conservatives Scalia and Kennedy, then those doctrines will probably be safer, while regulation of the environment, gun rights, property rights and corporations could win more favor.
The New York Times has a new poll on how Americans view the Supreme Court.
Just 44 percent of Americans approve of the job the Supreme Court is doing and three-quarters say the justices’ decisions are sometimes influenced by their personal or political views, according to a poll conducted by The New York Times and CBS News.
Mitt Romney has named Robert Bork as co-chair of his campaign's advisory committee on law, the Constitution and the judiciary. Jamie Raskin at People for the American Way discusses what that means in a report, Borking America.
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