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  •  True, usually SCt decisions stand (1+ / 0-)
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    jpmassar

    both because of stare decisis (respect for precedent) and, as you say, the will to reverse an unpopular decision fades...but Roe v. Wade is the exception. Opposition to Roe v. Wade has grown over time and provided the foundation for a political movement which has endured to the point of changing the fundamental ideological composition of the Supreme Court. It will be a very long time before liberals have the chance to influence the Court's direction...Obama has only been able to replace liberal justices, he is very unlikely to have the chance to replace a conservative even if he is reelected.

    Ultimately the Supreme Court reflects the ideological direction of the country..a generation earlier. People assume that the federal judiciary is liberal by nature, but that's because we had a long run of Democratic (and one moderate Republican) presidents along with reliably Democratic Congresses from the 1930s through the 1960s. We now have a very different Supreme Court, as well as a federal bench with a lot of Republican appointees, including some who are quite far to the right.

    This is one area where I agree very much with Obama...liberals have become too dependent on courts. Ultimately, if liberals cannot elect executive and legislative officeholders, we will not have liberal judges either.

    "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

    by Alice in Florida on Sat Jan 01, 2011 at 05:50:14 PM PST

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