June 12th, 2008
03:30 PM ET
12 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.

Filed under: Wolf Blitzer
soundoff (177 Responses)
  1. Mike from Westchester

    How about a term limit on justices – say 25 years. That removes the incentive to nominate someone who is 40, just so they can be on the bench for 40+ years.

    June 12, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  2. Richard

    The fact that McCain states that he would appoint conservatives like Roberts or Alito shows that he is not a centrist candidate. Why would he appoint such extreme right wingers? If he came out and said that he would appoint moderate centrist judges, perhaps he might have a chance at getting elected. His whole campaign is nothing more than a lie followed by a untruth, followed by a complete lack of integrity. A vote for McCain is a vote for the continued destruction of America. We will have no economy, no national heritage and no justice.

    June 12, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8