Sunday, September 21, 2008

The Supreme Court - presidential election has grave implications

A September 20th NY Times editorial lays out its interpretation of the candidates' positions vis a vis the Supreme Court in an editorial, the gist of which is that John McCain would appoint radically conservative justices committed to overturning Roe vs. Wade; while Obama would likely appoint moderately liberal justices. The closing lines of the editorial are a tocsin that this election is vitally important for more than just issues like the economy and foreign policy:

"That means that if Mr. Obama is elected, he might merely keep the court on its current moderately conservative course. Under Mr. McCain, if a liberal justice or two or three steps down, we may see a very different America."

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