• Liberal ideology, not legal qualification, is likely to guide the president's choice of judicial nominees.They just listed all the things I WANT her to do! I hate the rights of the unborn especially. They don't pay taxes.
• Justice Souter's retirement could move the Court to the left and provide a critical fifth vote for:
• Further eroding the rights of the unborn and property owners;
• Imposing a federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage;
• Stripping "under God" out of the Pledge of Allegiance and completely secularizing the public square;
• Abolishing the death penalty;
• Judicial micromanagement of the government's war powers.
In all seriousness, I would like the government's war powers more closely monitored, I'm pro-choice, I'm not a fan of "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance; I'm in favor of full equality in the marriage laws (screw you California); and the death penalty is barbaric and ineffective.
I've been reading The Nine by Jeffery Toobin lately, which is a fantastic book about the Supreme Court and timely reading. If there's any lesson I can take from it, it's that judges, no matter how they look upon appointment, are unpredictable, eccentric, and never a sure bet. The right's insistence on being the party of obstruction isn't substantive or even warranted: it's just all they've got left.