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Big Beautiful Door  Feb 14, 2016 • 6:58:07am

Even Trump wouldn’t go so far as to openly call for a white supremacist, but other than that a pretty good take on the situation.

Rocky-in-Connecticut  Feb 14, 2016 • 8:13:16am

One can tell from a Judge’s decisions if he/she leans toward a particular ideology despite the ideal of “Justice being blind.” You can be sure a short list is in the hands of every candidate now of potential Justices that might adhere to the agenda of the Presidential candidate in question.

It is within the realm of possibility that someone who has a case history and rulings that strongly enable white supremacists the ability to advance their agenda are being considered by the likes of Cruz and Trump especially, but also by most of the Republican field.

Under the guise of “religious freedom” we have a right wing dedicated to limiting the actual freedom of a significant number of Americans. A potential Justice can have a reputation of being a “strong Constitutionalist” or “Defender of religious Freedom” and be on a Trump or Cruz short list….however not actual freedom, but specifically Chrsitian Evangelical Supremacism that worships a specifically White Jesus.

Kafitrar  Feb 14, 2016 • 9:10:59am

A Democratic Senate confirmed Anthony Kennedy in Reagan’s last year. And this is after rejecting Robert Bork four months earlier.

EmmaAnne  Feb 14, 2016 • 9:37:46am

Excellent points. I think (iii) is the most important. We wonks all know how obstructionist the GOP has been, but casual voters probably haven’t noticed or retained this fact. SCOTUS nominees are big news, and everyone will notice if the GOP refuses to even pretend to do their jobs.

philosophus invidius  Feb 14, 2016 • 10:02:08am

“going to be asked for specific names of who they would nominate.”

Trump’s answer: “after I’m elected, I’ll announce a candidate so great it’s going to make your head spin.”

JEA62  Feb 14, 2016 • 11:07:42am

You underestimate the enthusiasm of the Republican base for obstructionism. They see the media as just as big an enemy as they see Obama. SCOTUS, for most voters, is a ‘what’s it got to do with me?’ issue.

Big Beautiful Door  Feb 14, 2016 • 11:20:47am

re: #6 JEA62

You underestimate the enthusiasm of the Republican base for obstructionism. They see the media as just as big an enemy as they see Obama. SCOTUS, for most voters, is a ‘what’s it got to do with me?’ issue.

And in the general the nominee has to make sure the voters understand that their right to choose, their right to healthcare coverage, their right to marry, their right to vote, perhaps even their right to be US citizens by birth, among other issues, all hinge on who replaces Scalia on the Court.

CuriousLurker  Feb 14, 2016 • 11:30:13pm
ii) Similarly all of the candidates are going to feel pressure to name the decisions they want overturned. Which again, means that they will try to out-do each other in naming those decisions that need to be overturned to ‘make America great again’. This takes the supreme court decisions out of theoretical discussions and into concrete items like “If the GOP nominee wins the presidency all gay marriages will be dissolved”.

Marco Rubio’s already on it: Marco Rubio Forms Anti-LGBT Advisory Board On Repealing Windsor & Obergefell Marriage Rulings

goddamnedfrank  Feb 15, 2016 • 1:03:39am

Shit, wrong thread.

CriticalDragon1177  Feb 16, 2016 • 1:51:16pm

Also if the next president is a Democrat and one of the other justices retires we could end up with a more liberal supreme court than we’ve had in a very long time. After the election, the GOP won’t be able to hold out another four to eight years and not let and of the new president’s nominees onto the court if a conservative Republican doesn’t get into the white house come November.

CriticalDragon1177  Feb 16, 2016 • 1:53:31pm

re: #8 CuriousLurker

Just let them try. The Democrats are not going to let the religious right wingnuts in the Republican Party impose an anti gay litmus test on our Judicial branch.

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