June 12th, 2008
03:30 PM ET
7 years ago

Blitzer: Next president will dictate court's future

The next president will have a big impact on the direction of the Supreme Court.
The next president will have a big impact on the direction of the Supreme Court.

(CNN) - The latest five-to-four decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on the status of terror suspects at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba once again underscores the deeply divided nature of the court and the huge stakes in the presidential election.

The court broke up largely along the liberal-conservative makeup – with the traditional swing voter, Justice Anthony Kennedy, once again breaking the tie.

In the majority were the liberals – Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, David Souter and John Paul Stevens.

In the minority were Chief Justice John Roberts, and Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas.

The next president of the United States probably will be in a position to nominate at least one and maybe more Justices. John McCain says he would nominate conservatives like Roberts and Alito; Barack Obama says he prefers liberals like Ginsburg and Breyer.

So just as there are stark differences between the two candidates on foreign and domestic policy, there are also stark differences on the future of the Supreme Court. And placing new justices on the court will have an impact for a lot more than just four or eight years. It’s something to think about during this political season.


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soundoff (177 Responses)
  1. joe

    it is safe with mcain

    June 12, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  2. Nancy McKinney

    MCCAIN LAUGHED WHEN A SUPPORTER CALLED HILLARY THE "B" WORD

    NO RESPECT FOR WOMEN, AND IF ELECETD, HE WILL TAKE AWAY OUR RIGHTS AS WOMEN!!

    NO TO MCCAIN!!!

    June 12, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  3. Lee, Mays Landing New Jersey

    The constitution is at stake.

    Our country is nothing special without the constitution. It is what made America great. We can return to greatness.

    June 12, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  4. Dal CA

    Bill Clinton or Hillary for the Supreme court. Why not make both of them Supreme Court Justices.

    June 12, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  5. Richard

    Elect mccain and say good bye to roe v wade!
    Metal hangers will be in short supply!

    June 12, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  6. Clinton/McCain

    I sure don't want Rev. Wright or Bill Ayers on the supreme court. Vote McCain!

    June 12, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  7. Enlightened Voter

    Fortunately Obama will be president and appoint enlightened judges for a change.

    June 12, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  8. ct voter

    Under John Mccain, kiss women's rights goodbye.

    June 12, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  9. martin

    i definetly want obama choosing.he is a judicial scholar,and this is one of his biggest strongpoints.

    June 12, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  10. Brian

    Just like the current president has determined two new justices during his time in office. And the next president will determine the court's make-up. And the one after him.

    The court is currently stacked with conservative judges as a result of three republican presidents over the last 30 years... I think we could use a little balance now and then.

    June 12, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  11. Shawn T

    I AM A LIFELONG DEMOCRAT! I WILL VOTE FOR MCCAIN BECAUSE CLINTON LOST UNFAIRLY. I WILL MAKE THE COUNTRY SUFFER TO STOKE MY EGO. MCCAIN WILL APPOINT CONSERVATIVE JUDGES WHO WILL THREATEN OUR LIBERTIES...SO WHAT? I WILL VOTE FOR MCCAIN. OBAMA SUPPORTERS ARE MEAN, OBAMA IS A BLACK ANTI AMERICAN MUSLIM, AND MY EGO IS HURT....SO I WILL VOTE MCCAIN.

    (end sarcasm)

    June 12, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  12. aware

    We do not need any more liberal Justices chosen by an extreme left-wing liberal. :(

    No Obama under any circumstances!

    Vote for McCain, the American hero and centrist in touch with mainstream America! :)

    June 12, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    One more reason we need a conservative Republican in office as president – to nominate more conservative Supreme Court justices before all the liberal zealots are the ruination of this great country!

    June 12, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  14. JJ

    Yes it will and if people elect McCain, kiss Roe vs Wade goodbye.

    June 12, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  15. Chris from NY

    I hope Hillary's supporters understands that.

    June 12, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  16. Brian Knoxville, TN

    Two of the strongest supporters of Roe v. Wade on the Supreme Court were appointed by Reagan and Bush Sr.

    Obamabots, save your scare tactics to trick people into voting for the chosen one. True Democrats will vote for the most moderate and experienced candidate on the ballot–John McCain–or will stay home in November.

    blog.pumapac.org

    June 12, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  17. Kiah

    UNITE Democrats, this election is all but ours unless we screw it up over petty issues while major ones are at stake!

    Obama '08

    June 12, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  18. Steve

    This is exactly why we have to put our Democratic Party differences away and get a Democrat into office. If McCain gets elected, his conservatism will be reflected in the court as he appoints the new justices. The ground we've lost in personal rights and freedoms over the past 7+ years will continue to be eroded. It's time for some balance in the court. The neocons had their chance, and have made a mess of things across the board.

    June 12, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  19. A CANUCK

    ANOTHER GOOD REASON TO VOTE FOR OBAMA !!!!

    June 12, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  20. WE NEED THE TRUTH

    This Presidential election is much, much more than Obama or McCain. It's the make-up of the Supreme Court, which will have a more lasting and deeper impact on the American people.

    You better wake up and think about it.

    Vote for BARACK OBAMA....because if mccain gets in a lot of our democratic values will go right out the window.

    June 12, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  21. Tory

    The last thing we need is Roberts and Alito on the courts.

    Although maybe McCain augth to go ask those kids from Jesus Camp to pray over him so he will be able to get himself elected and to put those conservative, can't see past their nose, will take away any rights particlarly women's, to the bench. So he can do that. And we'll be in the dark ages for the next who knows how many years.

    Lets definatly do that.

    BTW. Someone needs to call CPS.

    June 12, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  22. R.I.F.

    Hey "if not Hillary, then McCain" supporters

    Go ahead and vote for McCain. He'd love to have your vote so he can go in a select a conservative and swing the tide the other way. Oncee that happens you can say goodbye to Roe v Wade. All that so you can take revenge out because your candidate didn't win.

    I heard some say that well, "Roe V Wade hasn't gotten overturned since Bush has been in office". That's because its enough judges right now to overturn it. One more liberal judge leaves while McCain's in office (which is a VERY strong chance) here comes another Roberts or Alito who will tip the scale.

    No spin here. Just cold facts. Ifyou think I'm making this up then google "McCain's supreme court speech in North Carolina" You can watch him lay out his pan on youtube.

    June 12, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  23. aliou

    I doubt what Obama can really do at the end of this process. The media is doing everything with the help of the conservatives to strip him of everything and anyone around him, who may actually help him to take positive steps toward a better America. Those who inspired or could encourage him not to forget those with whom he worked on the southside of chicago are being discarded one after another. We will see how long before he gets rid of his wife. The media and the repuks are bent to discard her too.

    Then they would have succeeded in destroying one of the best things that ever happened to America. I just feel sorry for this country.

    One in which we give the opportunity for the best and brightest to show up on our door steps, so we can work hard on destroying them if they are not destroying themselves fast enough for our liking.

    June 12, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  24. AJ

    It's really not as simple as that. Senator McCain can nominate anyone he wants but getting them through a Democratic Senate will be another story. I realize that our Democratic Senate has been pretty much worthless up to this point but one can only hope that they will play hardball with Supreme Court nominations. I'd rather see the Democratic congress fight with Senator McCain than rubber stamp everything Obama does. Obama is an arrogant empty suit, the Democratic equivalent of G.W. Bush. He will be a disaster.

    June 12, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  25. MT IN SF

    This is sad! Our economy is in the worst shape its practically ever been in since I have been old enough to vote. You want change? Well its coming if Barack Obama is elected President of this country. Change like you have never seen. A president with a muslim background! Now theres change for ya! Will he take office and be sworn in on the Bible? Will he lead our country in the Pledge of Allegiance? We'll see, but by then it will be too late. If Bill Clinton had taken Osama Bin Laden out when he had the opportunity we might not be in the mess we are in today. And how about that Democratic congress? Since the Pelosi congress fuel prices have sky rocketed. Look at the statistics for yourselves. Get your head out of the sand.

    June 12, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
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