May 19, 2007

'08 And The Court

Tom Goldstein takes a look at what the '08 presidential election might mean for the Supreme Court. He figures that Stevens, Souter, and possibly Ginsburg are the only three Justices on their way out anytime soon, which means that a Democratic win would more or less entrench the status quo for the next decade, whereas a Republican win would have pretty far-reaching and radical consequences--even if the Senate stayed in Democratic hands.

Makes sense, although the fact that, say, Mitt Romney could nudge out Hillary Clinton by a percentage point or two and then bring about what would essentially be a constitutional revolution seems utterly absurd (not to mention terrifying), and a decent argument in favor of term limits for Justices, no? Or would that make things worse?
-- Brad Plumer 4:16 PM || ||