This headline caught my attention yesterday: “Conservatives warily ponder prospect of an Obama court.”
But it could, and very well should, also read: “Liberals warily ponder prospect of a Romney court.” For in the end, there is no more important issue in this presidential election than the future of the Supreme Court.
Supreme Court justices, after all, are appointed for life. Their decisions far, far outlast most actions taken by any president. And this court is badly split, five to four. And leans heavily right. With several justices near retirement age or end of life.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a frail 79. Anthony Kennedy and Antonin Scalia are 76. Stephen Breyer is 74. Replacing anyone of them could very well determine the future of the court for decades.
And we know they would make very different decisions. We know what kind of person Mitt Romney would appoint to replace Ginsburg. He says his favorite justice is right-wing extremist Clarence Thomas.
And we know what kind of justices Barack Obama likes to appoint: Look at Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.
So, not sure you’re going to vote on November 6? Think Supreme Court. Conservatives are. Liberals should, too.
That’s my parting shot for today.