Supreme Court turnover. This is the election issue that just about everything ultimately revolves around, especially if you’re gay. For instance, the House bills attempting to bypass the Supreme Court’s authority to rule on gay marriage and flag burning tell you how important the issue is to wingnuts as well. If they cannot force their social agenda onto the country through the legislative branch (knowing the current court might overturn it), their #1 priority is to pack the Court in a Bush second term.
The story notes that Rehnquist and O’Connor would be more likely to leave if Bush wins and Stevens would be more inclined to depart if Kerry wins.
Legal Times has a piece about Supreme Court clerks that were present in 2000 during the election debacle that is in featured in October’s Vanity Fair. This is an explosive article because the clerks are in hot water for violating Court confidentiality agreements when they revealed the Justices’ decision making on throwing the election to Bush.
Scalia, O’Connor and Kennedy are portrayed as hell-bent on reaching the decision to give Chimpy the win, strong-arming their colleagues. This is scary stuff.
The VF article was scanned and posted and it is here. Read it and weep for our country.