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Monday, November 03, 2014

Supreme Court Up For Grabs in 2014

If you need a reason to take this year’s U.S. Senate election seriously, here is a fact that will help: three of the justices now on the U.S. Supreme Court will soon be over 80 years old. The average retirement age for a justice is about 79, so the next president will have a big chance to put his stamp on the Supreme Court.

Liberals know this. The leftwing blog called Talking Points Memo hopes that a new Democratic President will reverse the court’s direction on issues such as campaign finance and religious liberty. During the most recent term, the Supreme Court narrowly sided with conservatives on several key issues. The Supreme Court’s United States v. Windsor decision, which threw our marriage laws into chaos, was decided by only one vote. Several justices have shown that they are skeptical of Roe v. Wade. One new justice could truly change the country’s direction on all these issues. No wonder the leftwing blog called Talking Points Memo talks about “the enormous, unbelievable stakes” for the Court in the next election.

With so much on the line, it is important that conservatives understand what they must do before the next presidential election. They need to make sure the candidates running for president are committed to naming judges who interpret laws, and don’t rewrite them. In the past, some Republican presidents failed to do their homework and named judicial supremacists to the Court. We can’t afford to let that happen again. Conservatives also need to make sure that our senators take seriously their duty to advise and consent to judicial nominations instead of rubber-stamping the president’s selections. The Supreme Court will only make decisions that respect the Constitution if the President names justices who respect the Constitution.

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