The Fight for 2012: Lest We Forget

Ginsburg (78), Antonin Scalia (75), Kennedy (75), and Breyer (73)

That’s four Justices who may be retiring soon.

Any questions?

  1. Garrett Petersen

    Question: If Obama gets re-elected and kills the constitution with four new activist justices, will America still be America?

  2. The Cloaked Gaijin

    Ages 78, 75, 75, and 73.

    So that means they do want nationalized health care?

  3. Colin B Lane

    If the First Lady’s assessment is any indication, it appears our Constitutional right to “love whomever you choose” is at stake.

  4. Roberto
    Nathaniel Wright: Ginsburg (78), Antonin Scalia (75), Kennedy (75), and Breyer (73)

    That’s four Justices who may be retiring soon.

    Any questions? ·

    Would  another Justice David Souter be considered a success?

    An (R) next to the name of the President making a nomination is a meaningless metric in determining what we might get.

  5. ReasonableViews

    Roberto, your point is taken, but I think “meaningless” is a bit strong.  We much prefer an “R” to make that nomination than otherwise.  

  6. cdor

    At least of the four, Scalia is our biggest hurt.

  7. C. U. Douglas

    Despite my complaints about Pres. George W. Bush, he eventually gave us a couple of excellent Supreme Court Justices.

    Obama will not.  Having an “R” next to my candidates name is no guarantee, but my chances are far better with the “R”.

    I have my differences with Mitt, Newt, and others, but whoever wins the nomination, I believe that person would be more likely to listen to me and those of like mind than the current president ever will.

  8. Jimmy Carter

    Ginsburg is only 78?

    Sure it’s not 178?

  9. Last Outpost on the Right

    We certainly don’t need another Sotomayor up there. Remember these are lifetime appointments. The consequences are real and serious.

  10. Snow Bird

    If Obama gets any more Supreme Court nominations his second term will not end in 2017. It will end a couple of generations down the road from there. An R might make a mistake (Souter), but Obama is guaranteed to give us more Sotomayors.

  11. James Of England
    Roberto

    Nathaniel Wright: Ginsburg (78), Antonin Scalia (75), Kennedy (75), and Breyer (73)

    That’s four Justices who may be retiring soon.

    Any questions? ·

    Would  another Justice David Souter be considered a success?

    An (R) next to the name of the President making a nomination is a meaningless metric in determining what we might get. ·

    a: Souter was appointed by the guy who appointed Thomas. H.W. had a better judicial record than any postwar President until W. If you disagree, please do so with an example rather than invective.

    b: Nonetheless, the fact that the Warren Court was an Ike creation and Stevens was Ford’s proudest achievement (according to Ford), does mean that we should pay attention to judicial records.

    We want the guy who opposed Miers rather than the guy who supported her, right? We want to pay attention to people like Bork? We want someone whose policies do not, by their own admission, tread the line of the Constitution?

    I can think of a ton of signs that Mitt would select superior judges to Newt, with data, but I can’t think of counterarguments that don’t boil down to generalized “Romney sucks and squishes!”

  12. kylez

    and only one of them cares about the Constitution. nope, no questions.

  13. Grimaud

    Cogent point Nathaniel. I also agree we stand a better chance, if an R is making the appointments, of stricter constructionists. I do not however see this as an endorsement for Mitt Romney.

  14. Freesmith

    I think Elena Kagan is also too old to be on the Supreme Court. Don’t you?

  15. Roberto
    James Of England I can think of a ton of signs that Mitt would select superior judges to Newt, with data, but I can’t think of counterarguments that don’t boil down to generalized “Romney sucks and squishes!” · Dec 15 at 5:39pm

    I lack your ability to read tea leaves, I can only consider actual actions taken rather than rhetoric. 

    The Boston Globe reported in July of 2005 that, Romney has “passed over GOP lawyers for three-quarters of the 36 judicial vacancies he has faced, instead tapping registered Democrats or independents — including two gay lawyers who have supported expanded same-sex rights.”

    You make an accusation of invective yet in your defense of candidate Romney you make points that are adolescent. “Signs” are irrelevant; only actions have any real worth in determining the predilections of a man. 

    I stand by my position. It is the height of foolishness to support a candidate merely because he has an (R) next to his name and thus assume he supports constitutionally limited government, history has amply disproven the absurdity of such an assumption. 

    How long will supporters of limited government be merely sheep for the GOP instead of demanding results?

  16. Roberto
    ReasonableViews: Roberto, your point is taken, but I think “meaningless” is a bit strong.  We much prefer an “R” to make that nomination than otherwise.   · Dec 15 at 4:07pm

    If only, “the brand” as it were has been too far debased. Greater scrutiny is required. 

  17. Derek Simmons

    We need to worry less about the next President putting the “right” just Justice in place, and more about the next President keeping the Justices in their “right” place. Just as a stopped clock is right twice a day, and as God uses unbelievers to further His Kingdom, so Gingrich–who would make a terrible President–did yeoman’s service to the “Constitutional Cause” in making judicial arrogance into a campaign issue for one brief rhetorical flourish last evening.

  18. James Of England
    Roberto

    I lack your ability to read tea leaves, I can only consider actual actions taken rather than rhetoric. 

    The Boston Globe reported in July of 2005 that, Romney has “passed over GOP lawyers for three-quarters of the 36 judicial vacancies he has faced, instead tapping registered Democrats or independents — including two gay lawyers who have supported expanded same-sex rights.”

    You make an accusation of invective yet in your defense of candidate Romney you make points that are adolescent. “Signs” are irrelevant; only actions have any real worth in determining the predilections of a man.

    In a state where 12.5% are Repulican, and all of those appointing the judges are democrat, 25% of picks were GOP, and all of them trended law and order; having a D next to your name isn’t determinative either. For a Supreme Court pic, a Democratic law and order prosecutor would be terrible, but he was just appointing them to lower courts.

    Noting the opposition to Miers and getting Bork’s enthusiastic support doesn’t require tea leaf reading either. Much of the conservative judicial movement has got behind him, in part because they share my view of his actions.

  19. James Gawron

    Hey guys humor is fine to break the tension and loosen up but this is serious.  Nathaniel is abolutely right (not just Wright), this presidential election has everything riding on it.  The election may be won by the man that most personifies the ability to lift the economy but make no mistake every social issue, every fundemental legal philisophical issue is riding on the outcome.  Obama and company have absolutely no moral compass whatsoever.  If any of the Republicans get into the White House it gives us a fighting chance to turn the country.  If Obama is still there for another 4 years it spells disaster for the USA.  Biggest Stakes – Must Win – No Joke.

  20. Douglas
    Roberto

    Nathaniel Wright: Ginsburg (78), Antonin Scalia (75), Kennedy (75), and Breyer (73)

    That’s four Justices who may be retiring soon.

    Any questions? ·

    Would  another Justice David Souter be considered a success?

    An (R) next to the name of the President making a nomination is a meaningless metric in determining what we might get. · Dec 15 at 2:31pm

    Thanks. This sounds like another “most electable” appeal. And I don’t care. I’m not voting for someone I dislike. Period.

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