The rightward path of the Supreme Court

It is pretty clear that George W. Bush will have a very lasting legacy for the damage he has done to the state of our democracy and his disastrous foreign policy.  On the bright side for him, he will also leave quite a legacy in the changes to our Supreme Court through his appointments.  A recent slew of cases have all been decided 5-4 on the conservative side of the ledger.  Here's the take of the Washington Post's Andrew Cohen:

Let's stay with our baseball theme today.

Legal and political conservatives hit for the cycle Monday morning
when they “won” four long-awaited rulings from the United States
Supreme Court. The Justices further chipped away at the wall that separates church and state, took some of the steam out of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law, neutered federal regulators in environmental cases to the benefit of developers and slammed a high school kid who had the temerity to put up a silly sign near his high school.

Each of these decisions help establish the true conservative bona fides
of this Court. It is more conservative than it was last term, when
Sandra Day O'Connor sat in one some of the cases. And was more
conservative last term than the term before that, before Chief Justice
Roberts and Justice Sam Alito joined the Gang of Nine. In fact, the
Court now is is so entrenched on the ground of the legal right that,
aside from the global warming case decided earlier this year, it is hard to point to a single major ruling this term that could or would give succor to legal liberals or even jurisprudential moderates.

On the whole, the Court's four liberals are a lot older than the 5 conservatives.  So, it appears that for the next few decades, so much for the little guy.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

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