Thursday, January 26, 2012

78, 75, 75, 73, 63, 61, 57, 57, 51

It may not be obvious, but these numbers represent a key reason why Obama must be defeated in November.  These are the ages of the Justices of the United States Supreme Court.  In three years, Obama has already nominated two justices to the Court.  More likely than not, the next presidential term will bring at least two more openings to be filled. 

If Obama wins in November, he could fundamentally reshape the Supreme Court with those two additional nominees and, with it, the United States for decades.  That is because two of the three most senior justices are Scalia, arguably the most prominent member of the Court's conservative, originalist wing and Kennedy, the Court's swing vote.  If you want to understand what is at stake, just consider DC v. Heller, which confirmed the constitutional right of an individual "to keep and bear arms" and self-defense.  That was a 5-4 decision. It does not take much to imagine its ruling being overturned, if Obama is wins in November

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