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  •  It's impossible to overstate the impact (23+ / 0-)

    of this on the right. Judicial appointments are the paramount concern of nearly all of these big conservative groups. That's what they live for.  They understand the social cultural impact of the judiciary in a way that most Americans--including most Americans on the left--do not.

    It's not just social policy that's expounded through the Courts but the very foundation of socetal infrastructure--the roles of economy and government. They know this on the right and yesterday they were dealt a terrible blow.

    •  Yes, there will be a shift (5+ / 0-)

      If Obama appoints judges to all the open seats (benches?), as I understand it it will shift the balance of judgeships from what is now about 50/50 R/D appointments, to more like 55%/45% D appointments to R. This was something I read here yesterday, maybe it was Markos's post. Not only that, he will be free now to appoint more liberal/progressive types, as he won't need to curry R Senate votes. AND, if they are youngish this will change the face of the judiciary for DECADES.

      Really, if this comes to pass, I wonder if there has been such an important shift since FDR. This seem's like a REALLY BFD.

      Also very, very important that Obama can now set up a working government with his agency appointments, which will also have a big impact. What a great day!!!

      Where in the Constitution does it say: "...on behalf of corporate interests" ???

      by sillia on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 06:37:39 AM PST

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      •  You are correct--it is a BFD (5+ / 0-)

        with the very real potential to alter the entire trajectory of the country in a more progressive direction. Although it sounds so novel, this is really what everyone should have expected from a two-term Democratic Administration. The Republicans thought they could thwart that inherent, Constitutionally-sanctioned power, and they were wrong

        This really will make the country we live in--and that our children will grow up in-- a better place in so many ways it's hard to encompass them all.  Even a conservatively tilted Supreme Court--by design-- only takes a miniscule number of cases yearly. The vast majority of the "action" is decided at the District Court and Circuit Court levels, which is what we're talking about here.

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