Thursday, September 11, 2008

The Rule of Fairness?

A note to those who follow the "teach the Republicans a lesson" and the "no more lesser of two evils" school of thought about the upcoming US election.

While 82% of voters who support McCain believe the justices should rule on what is in the Constitution, just 29% of Barack Obama’s supporters agree. Just 11% of McCain supporters say judges should rule based on the judge’s sense of fairness, while nearly half (49%) of Obama supporters agree.

The accepted opinion seems to be that there might by as many as three seats opening on the Supreme Court during the next Presidency. The decisions made during those four years- which, yes, might teach the Republican Party a lesson for the following election- will impact life in America for decades to come. Seems to me that's a mighty big gamble to take on the Constitution- remember a staggering and mind-boggling 71% of Obama supporters, according to this poll, don't agree that the Supreme Court should base their decisions on the Constitution.

Obama keeps telling his supporters that this is an important election- he's not wrong.

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