Analysis: Obama may now seek to make deeper mark on high court

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McBob08 wrote:

We could always hope for all the conservative justices to retire, so Obama can replace them with liberal justices who will actually follow what the Constitution says, rather than what they wish it said as the conservative justices do.

Nov 08, 2012 3:06am EST  --  Report as abuse
PCScipio wrote:

@McBob08: I like it, a liberal strict constructionist viewpoint. ;-)

Nov 08, 2012 5:54am EST  --  Report as abuse
Overcast451 wrote:

Analysis: Obama may now seek to make the courts even more political than they already are.

There – I fixed the headline for you. And yes, I agree – that’s the idea of the courts – to be political also.

That’s the problem in this country – most of the votes come from partisans, not intelligent and open minded people.

Nov 08, 2012 8:43am EST  --  Report as abuse
IntoTheTardis wrote:

This should have been a campaign issue, but neither candidate brought it up. I wonder why. I can picture the bloody knife fight in Congress if Scalia or Roberts were to suddenly retire.

Nov 08, 2012 8:58am EST  --  Report as abuse
4ngry4merican wrote:

Overcast – Intelligent and open minded people don’t believe that money equals free speech or that cranky old white men should be permitted to legislate their bigoted religious beliefs. Hence the need to rid the supreme court of those who think that way.

Nov 08, 2012 10:22am EST  --  Report as abuse
SchWI wrote:

Scalia retiring would frankly be the best thing to happen to our country. His arrogance will not be missed, along with his inability to be even remotely unbiased.

Nov 08, 2012 10:28am EST  --  Report as abuse
fromthecenter wrote:

Hopefully, if they do retire they will be replaced with open-minded non political judges with honor and integrity.

Nov 08, 2012 11:15am EST  --  Report as abuse
ARJTurgot2 wrote:

And now the way that Liberals treated Robert Bork comes back to haunt them.

Nov 08, 2012 1:26pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Whipsplash wrote:

It’s just a matter of time before we get a liberal leaning court as it appears it may be a long, long, time before republicans can win the White House again.

Nov 08, 2012 1:32pm EST  --  Report as abuse
BillDexter wrote:

Yes, SCOTUS will be the final discussion about what is left of our Constitutional Republic before there is blood in the streets. Yes, liberal ideologists have not yet had there way entirely but have good reason to hope now.

New Justices will join Justice Ginsburg, who placed her hand on a bible and swore to uphold the constitution just days before speaking at a College commencement where she observed that the constitution is invalid because it was written only by white males.

We can then easily ‘interpret’ the constitution as including ‘healthcare’ as a constitutional right while interpreting that the “right to bear arms” is not ACTUALLY a constitutional right. See, those word in the second amendment were written a long time ago and aren’t as relevant to today’s America as, say, those words that DON’T appear in the constitution but liberals WISH did.

Nothing like those conservative justices who do whatever they want.

Nov 08, 2012 1:36pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Whipsplash wrote:

Corporations are people…

Nov 08, 2012 1:57pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Sepngler47 wrote:

It would be nice if Obama appointed a moderate justice, one not committed to either liberal or conservative positions; a true independent thinker. My fear is that he will try to create a legacy by appointing a highly partisan liberal.

Nov 08, 2012 4:57pm EST  --  Report as abuse
wbcb wrote:

Reading the comment by 4ngry4merican shows you exactly what is wrong with this country.

The job of the SC is interpret the law. Very simple concept. I don’t care if the SC justice is white, black, male female, etc.

As a first generation immigrant my parents taught me to assimilate and be thankful I was lucky enough to be born here. Watching the breakdown of our society into factions that hate each other, with white men at the top of the list, is contrary to everything I was raised to believe.

There are plenty of SC rulings that I haven’t agreed with over the years, but I accept the decisions of the court. Now, sadly, we savage justices we disagree with. I don’t get it.

The days of intellectual honesty are over. I weep for this country that we’ve sunk to this level.

Nov 08, 2012 5:04pm EST  --  Report as abuse
4ngry4merican wrote:

BillDexter – Ginsburg never said anything like what you suggest, and no SCOTUS justice has ever said that the right to bear arms is not actually a constitutional right.

You and all your Tea Party nutjob buddies are liars and America showerd on Tuesday that we’re done listening to you.

Nov 08, 2012 5:19pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Jay1832 wrote:

You’re kidding, right, McBob?

“Case by case, what judges do and must do is take account of the pitcher and the batter in the legal arena, watch the windup, the throw, the curve, and the delivery and then, where they believe appropriate, move the strike zone…There is no fixed ‘strike zone.’” – Judge Vaughn Walker (Former federal judge – Liberal)

Walker isn’t some extremist, either…Well, other than being a typical Liberal, that is.

Serious, McBob, you’re kidding, right?

Nov 08, 2012 10:40pm EST  --  Report as abuse

Somebody’s snoozing ~ Citizens United ~ hullo? Could we trade for some SC judges that are conscious (and conscientious about the U.S. Constitution!)

Nov 08, 2012 10:52pm EST  --  Report as abuse
flashrooster wrote:

IntoTheTardis: I was thinking the same thing throughout this election. I wondered why Obama didn’t make it an issue. Perhaps his campaign believed that the argument for wanting Obama for a 2nd term because of the possible SC picks was too complicated to make clear. They might have thought that the Republicans could do it easier by appealing to people’s fears and emotions, painting an absurd picture of a wildly liberal SC. But I’m with you. Citizens United was such a bad decision and it clearly exposed the fault line between the corporate-hugging rightwing ideologues and the people’s Justices on the Court.

BillDexter: Get over it, man. You’re sounding wackoid. You’ve built this entire false belief that all things that aren’t what you define as conservative, white and Christian are evil and going to destroy this country. Most Wigs at the time of the American Revolution felt the same way about the colonists who supported independence. It’s a fear of change, but it also shows a lack of trust and belief in our system. Most of the country is moderate. Obama is a moderate President, by any serious measure. It’s the Republican party that has moved so far to the right. A majority of Americans don’t want to go there. A majority of Americans believe that the solutions being offered by the Republicans are doing more harm than good. It’s time to go back to a more moderate, more progressive approach, which is what this country has always been until recent decades.

And your xenophobia is unfounded. No one is chanting, down with the white man. The left is chanting, let’s all work together. That’s what’s been missing from our country for too long now. Don’t fear it. It’s time to move forward. This is a much better, much stronger country when we all pull together.

Nov 08, 2012 11:35pm EST  --  Report as abuse

The worlds biggest democracy “appointing” judges to the highest court in USA with political leanings, what a croc. Jutices are supposed to uphold the law impartially benign of their political affliations.

Nov 10, 2012 11:20pm EST  --  Report as abuse

Flashrooter: I agree with you all the way, but I’m not so sure about the whites being xenophobic. Hatred is a deep routed feeling and if history is any judge than reverse racism will eventually kick in later on in about a couple of decades, unless we teach our children the meaning of forgiveness. Just pray the new generation will come up big and bring peace all around.

Nov 10, 2012 11:31pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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