Romney Poses Greatest Danger to the Supreme Court
The justices Mitt Romney will chose if elected president will not be protective of civil rights, civil liberties or fairness, Earl Ofari Hutchinson writes at the Huffington Post.
GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney recently publicly mused about who his likely cabinet picks would be if elected. But conveniently he was tight-lipped about the one institution which his administration would have the greatest impact -- and damage -- on, namely the Supreme Court. There are three numbers that tell the colossal danger that a would be President Romney poses to the Supreme Court. The numbers are the ages of the three justices. Justice Anthony Kennedy is 76. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 79. Justice Stephen Breyer is 74. Ginsburg and Breyer have been the most consistent and dependable justices to protect and defend civil liberties, civil rights, and economic fairness on the court.
Kennedy is conservative, but not an ideologue. He has at crucial times been the moderating swing vote during his term on the court. Kennedy, Ginsburg, and Breyer were not appointed by President Obama. But given the ages of the justices, and the past health issues of Ginsburg, if reelected if any one or more of the three justices step down, he will pick their replacement. His picks almost certainly will be justices who will be moderates that are fully protective of civil rights, civil liberties, and economic fairness.
The justices that Romney will pick will be the exact opposite. This is not speculation.
Read Earl Ofari Hutchinson's entire piece at the Huffington Post.
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