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Thursday, February 08, 2007 

Falwell: 2008 is About the Court

Proving the old adage that even a broken clock is right twice a day, Jerry Falwell correctly pointed out that the 2008 presidential election will determine the balance of the Supreme Court. In his interview with Reuters, Falwell made it clear that he can count the votes on the highest court in the land...
"It is a long road back. We are at least one U.S. Supreme Court Justice short of a socially conservative court," Falwell said on the sidelines of an evangelist conference in Dallas.
Falwell is far from my favorite person in the world, but I'll agree with him when he's right. The 2008 election will determine the direction of the Court. Justice Stevens is turning 87 in April and Justice Ginsburg is turning 74 in March. Even if they remain on the Court until 2008 (which I think is likely), it will be quite a feat to stay on until 2012. If a Republican president appoints one or both of their replacements, that will shift the balance of the Court drastically to the right. If a Democratic president appoints one or both of their replacements, that will secure those votes for the liberal camp for decades to come. There's a lot at stake in this election.

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