The Supreme Court was widely condemned for “ending democracy with a single decision” and President Obama publicly stated his grievance at the activist judges in his State of the Union address, much to the annoyance of Justice Alito. Now it is believed the president may have a chance to nominate not one, but two new Justices. Watch for fireworks in the nomination hearings, should they come. This report from ABC News:
Lawyers for President Obama have been working behind the scenes to prepare for the possibility of one, and maybe two Supreme Court vacancies this spring.
Court watchers believe two of the more liberal members of the court, justices John Paul Stevens and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, could decide to step aside for reasons of age and health. That would give the president his second and third chance to shape his legacy on the Supreme Court.
Last week, when Obama took the nearly unprecedented step of criticizing the court’s opinion in a major campaign finance case during his State of the Union speech, some believed he was showcasing for the American people that presidential elections, and Supreme Court nominations count.
“With all due deference to separation of powers,” the president said, ” last week the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that I believe will open the floodgates for special interests — including foreign corporations — to spend without limit in our elections. I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests, or worse, by foreign entities.”
Doug Kendall, of the progressive Constitutional Accountability Center, said the president’s message was clear: “President Obama’s spirited reaction to Citizens United at the State of the Union indicates he fully understands the importance of the federal judiciary and the ability of the Supreme Court to stand in the way of his administration’s agenda.” …
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