November 13, 2004
OBSERVATIONS FOR CULTURAL CONSERVATIVES:
Voting coalitions are ruled by the least committed members.
So the question to the cultural conservatives is: do you want 2004 to be the Republican high water mark or would you like to extend the string?
We'll find out the answer to that question soon.
UPDATE: Jeff Rosen:
In the last 36 years, four Republican presidents have appointed all but two of the current nine justices.
But on the most contested social issues - abortion, affirmative action, school prayer and gay rights - the court has sided with liberals, while only modestly advancing the deregulatory agenda of the Republicans.
"If the goal of Republican presidents was to build a court that exercised its own power with greater restraint or adhered strictly to the original constitutional text, then they have clearly failed," said Thomas Keck, a political science professor at Syracuse University and author of "The Most Activist Supreme Court in History."
Read the whole thing.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Of course, as I should have noted, this book is essential reading on the subject!