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Tilting the Supreme Court

February 5, 2009

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has had surgery for pancreatic cancer, raising the possibility that President Barack Obama may have to pick a successor if she leaves the court for health reasons.

His pick would likely help shape the new president’s legacy – and could potentially reshape the Supreme Court. If he were to pick someone seen as even more liberal than Ginsburg, that would help moderate the conservatism introduced by President George W. Bush’s selections. A moderate would likely keep the balance of the current court, while a conservative pick is highly unlikely given Obama’s own political leanings.

If President Obama is in the position to nominate a candidate for the Supreme Court, who should he pick and why?

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Who could possibly be more liberal than Ruth Bader Ginsburg and why are people more concerned with how Liberal or Conservative the Justices are instead of how much common sense they have and whether or not they use it?

For the good of what’s left of our Constitution, I HOPE the CHANGE we get is someone who believes in the constitution, uses common sense and shares the vision of the Founding Fathers.

I wonder what Ruth Bader Ginsburg thinks of the news media reporting as if they’re preparing for her demise? Isn’t it just a tad premature?

Posted by DON WIDDERS | Report as abusive
 

@Don
Your view of the interpretation of the Constitution does have consequences, mainly on the idea of slavery and women suffrage. If I stretch your argument to those issues, then we will be in a much different world where slavery would gain legal ground as well as a limited voter qualification

The Founding Fathers’ view of the Constitution is hardly a static vision but more of an organic, living document that develops and grows over time. We even have an amendment process to the Constitution to make better of the document as the nation grows and develops.

Besides, your notion of common sense is too vague to even start a debate. Just because you say the words does not by necessity make them conditionally true or reflect reality.

Posted by The Watching | Report as abusive
 

I had the same impression as Don–who could possibly be more liberal than Ginsburg? I mean, this side of Lenin? Really.

Posted by mark | Report as abusive
 

More liberal than Ginsburg? What is this writer smoking?
All the same, I pray for her recovery.

Posted by Greg Homily | Report as abusive
 

I don’t know who he should pick. I hope it will be someone who believes in the Constitution.

Posted by jason | Report as abusive
 

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