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  •  Not jaw dropping at all, just reality... (1+ / 0-)
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    ... reality being that none of the SCOTUS conservatives is likely to retire during Obama's second term  Realistically any vacancies will come from replacing Ginsburg and/or Breyer, which keeps their SCOTUS seats blue for another generation but doesn't change the balance of power on the court.  And changing the balance on the court is what you'd need to make Roe secure in the long term.

    Kennedy and Scalia are getting up there in age as well but don't want Obama to appoint their successors.  I could see Kennedy retiring after the 2016 election whether or not a Dem wins that election, because he'll be over 80 in that presidential term.

    Roberts, Alito, and Thomas are young enough that they can stay and keep those seats red for at least a few more presidential terms if they want to.

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    by MJB on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 11:05:12 PM PST

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    •  Yup. It's gonna take Mother Nature (1+ / 0-)
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      To wrest Scalia or Kennedy from their seat within Obama's second term.

      They seem to be in reasonably good health, so...




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      by DeadHead on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 12:11:47 AM PST

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      •  Unfortunately true.. (1+ / 0-)
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        Scalia in particular is like Dorian Gray. Probably made the same Mephistophelian bargain, too, arrogant fucker that he is.

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        by OrdinaryIowan on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 05:38:37 AM PST

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