Monday, May 4, 2009

Why care about the Supreme Court?

Posted By on Mon, May 4, 2009 at 11:55 AM

Glenn Burkins, once a Charlotte Observer editor and currently the editor and publisher of QCityMetro.com, on Obama's impending Supreme Court appointment.

Why is this a big deal?

Supreme Court Justices sit on the bench for life, or until they retire. With a handful of aging and sickly justices, Obama may have the opportunity to shape the Supreme Court for decades to come -- justices who will help shape U.S. law.

That's why you can expect Republicans (aka. "The Party of No.") to kick and scream about anyone Obama appoints. You can bet they're already digging for dirt on anyone they suspect might be on Obama's short list.

It's expected President Obama will appoint a woman, possibly a Latina woman.

OK, let's admit it.

We're all thrilled that President Obama will get to make an appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. For a Democrat, however, replacing David Souter is like re-marrying your ex-wife; where's the fun in that?

Souter was appointed by the first President Bush but generally sided with the court's liberal wing. So, unless Obama mistakenly names a closet conservative, his first appointment to the bench isn't likely to move the court in one direction or the other.

Read the rest of this QCityMetro.com article, complete with predictions, here.

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