June 12th, 2008
03:30 PM ET
6 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. White Independent

    One more reason we need Obama. We don't need rednecks and religious fanatics deciding the future of our country.

    June 12, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  2. TESAP

    mcneedacane will set our country back 50 years, his ideaology is that of well... an old man... he's out of touch.. the Republicraps have used fear to obtain votes from some most of us with common sense are not afraid, but we are afraid of another term where TYPICAL Americans are forced to suffer while the rich get tax cuts........

    June 12, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  3. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    Who cares. The whole establishment is corrupt and intent on singing to the song of the President/party who placed them in their chairs.

    I wish they would all just consider the constitution and bill of rights–then make their judgements.

    I'm so tired of judges–deciding the future of our nation–by inventing their own interpretations of what is constitutional–even if it's not there!!!

    June 12, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  4. SONIA4HILLARY

    OBAMA""HILLARY is likeable enough""`

    obama -you are not even likeable enough .

    June 12, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  5. Maxine

    The Republican Slime Machine is out to all Democratics hold your ground. Mccain is so bad for this country. How could anyone trust a Republican with all thier lies. People look at the results the Ecomomy and the war. Mccain said " that bringing the troops home is not important". Family want thier husbands and brother or son or wifes home. John Mcain don't care about women's rights NO for Mccain NO NO Mccain!!!

    June 12, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  6. Larrt J.

    One of the ten commandments statae Thou Shalt Not Kill and the liberals in this country say killing the unborn is ok. So it is quite clear
    Jesus was not a shameful liberal. Sucking the brains out of an unborn child and then pulling from the mothers body is about as low
    as one can go. Liberal justices in America are dealing a death blow
    to our morality and common sense. They don't have either.

    This is my only reason not to vote for Obama. He would put more killers in the supreme court.

    June 12, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  7. OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT

    You My Friend Have Inspired Of To Do All I Can To Make Sure You Are Not The Leader Of This Country! Americans Will Not Allow You To Place Any Kind Of Setback On Womens Rights! America Is Moving Forward Without You Mccain!

    June 12, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  8. SONIA4HILLARY

    obama"`i can get hillary,s voters ,but she can,t get mine ""

    well –isn,t that divisive "`obama–

    so called MR UNITER?/

    June 12, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  9. SDunn

    We need a balanced supreme court and right now we have too many right wing conservative nutcases on the court! We need a Democratic President ASAP

    June 12, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  10. SONIA4HILLARY

    BILL CLINTON,S

    June 12, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  11. Zeak

    We need ALL conservative appointees !! No more liberals on the high court. Only the GOP can bring in the true American judges to the bench !!

    Go Big John McCain!!

    June 12, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  12. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Yo, Tony Scalia! You and Long Dong Silver are about to be seriously marginalized! Hope the fishing trip with Shotgun Dick was worth it...

    June 12, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  13. Always4Hil

    If the dnc, obama or the media had any concern about "womens rights"- Hillary would be our nominee. Anyone thinking women will flock back to the dems just because they use roe v wade scare tactics, are fooling themselves. I respect everyones right to vote anyway they like, respect ours. I trust John McCain and there is no judge he can appoint without the blessing of congress. Obama shows no good judgment and will never get my vote. Blog.pumapac.org

    June 12, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  14. SDunn

    Brian please vote for McCain and be quiet. Who cares who you vote for.

    June 12, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  15. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    MCCAIN FOLLOWS BUSH'S POLICIES AND IF BUSH DIDN'T WANT HIM FOR HIS V.P. WHY WOULD WE WANT HIM NOW AS PRESIDENT. MCCAIN HAS THE SAME CREDENTIALS THEN AS HE HAS NOW WHICH CHENEY HAS NONE, WHY DIDN'T BUSH MAKE HIM HIS V.P. COULD IT BE #1-HE HAS ANGER ISSUES; #2-HE'S JUST TOO OLD BUT HE WAS YOUNGER THEN; #3-BECAUSE THEY ALL THINK HE HAS TOO MUCH OF AN EXPLOSIVE TEMPER #4-KEATING 5 AND MCCAIN WAS JUST TOO MUCH BAGGAGE. MAYBE IT WAS ALL OF THE ABOVE.

    June 12, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  16. A.

    Let's see. Cindy McCain stole drugs, was a drug addict, and an overall fraud. Michelle Obama spoke her feelings.

    Which is worse? Why is no one attacking Cindy like they are Michelle? This is total crap and if McCain gets elected this country is going down the drain.

    June 12, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  17. Swampy

    I can't believe that Blitzer characterizes Souter and Ginsburg as liberals. Bill Douglas and Thurgood Marshall are either laughing or crying about that one ...

    June 12, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  18. Independent for Obama

    Hey Brian Knoxville – those were ACCIDENTS!!! If you look at Reagan's notes, for example, you will see that.

    While I agree that you don't know which way someone will rule once they get on the USSC, we just got two new conservative justices – while Roberts may be more of a centrist Alito is toeing the party line – obviously it makes sense to have balance.

    June 12, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  19. christina

    Brian Knoxville, TN June 12th, 2008 4:11 pm ET
    "True Democrats will vote for the most moderate and experienced candidate on the ballot–John McCain–or will stay home in November."

    _______________________________________
    I'm a 'true democrat' and I will be voting OBAMA in November, because I am a DEMOCRAT and McCain goes against everything I believe in as a democrat. John McCain is experienced with nothing besides invading other countries. Your post doesn't even make sense.

    June 12, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  20. Justice League

    Keating 5, Lincoln Financial Scandal, Hagee, 100 year war. OAM (Obama-nation Against McCain)

    June 12, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  21. what.

    McCain opposes equal pay bill in Senate

    Politics – Republican Sen. John McCain said Wednesday he opposes a Senate bill that seeks equal pay for women because it would lead to more lawsuits. Senate Republicans killed the bill, which would make it easier for women to sue their employers for pay discrimination, with a 56-42 vote.

    June 12, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  22. White Independent

    PUMAPAC.ORG – Shameless people trying to extort money from the disenfranchised. There is a new site claiming to be a political PAC. Sorry, but it takes a lot longer than three days to get to be a PAC. You can’t get registered that quickly. How do I know? I used to work for a startup PAC, and it took us six months to get our paperwork in order and get up approved. There had to be credit checks run, and a ton of paperwork. You were investigated pretty thoroughly beforehand to be sure you were legit. DO NOT DONATE MONEY TO THIS SITE! Please, people, without knowing EXACTLY what any organization is going to do with your money (and telling you they are going to lobby and protest isn’t enough), do not send them any. There will be many “wolves in sheep’s clothing” out there trying to play on your emotions.

    June 12, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  23. SONIA4HILLARY

    I don,t know nothing about rezko

    I don,t know nothing about ayers

    I don,t know about pastor wright

    I don,t know about father pfleger

    I don,t know about larry sinclair

    I don,t know about jackson

    i am a MR NEW POLITICS–CAN I PLS FINISH MY WAFFLES NOW ???

    June 12, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  24. Shiloh Everett

    Ladies-if you vote McCain women wil lose the right to choose for many years to come. Young ladies- ask grandma what it was like before we had this right.

    June 12, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  25. Debbie in La

    Yet another reason not to vote for McCain.

    June 12, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
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