With four of nine U.S. Supreme Court justices in their 70s and the next president in the position of possibly shaping the future of affirmative action, gay rights, abortions, and more with appointments he might make should any openings occur, the question of what kind of nominee he might put forth was posed to President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney in the CBS Local President Forum.
“Some girls rape easy.” Those are the shocking words of Roger Rivard, a Republican state representative in Wisconsin previously endorsed by Paul Ryan.
Romney might say he won’t restrict a woman’s right to choose, but his message is clearly coded for his rightwing base: you do not have to worry about the Supreme Court. Relax, I’m with you, but I’m running for president for Pete’s sake.
Justice Antonin Scalia said his method of interpreting the Constitution makes some of the most hotly disputed issues that come before the U.S. Supreme Court among the easiest to resolve.
A new term opened on Monday and the nine justices will address another potentially historic docket. California’s fight same-sex marriage could be taken up.
After Mitt Romney’s 47% don’t pay taxes remark, Conservative columnist Peggy Noonan dubbed the Romney campaign a “rolling calamity” for all its problems and continuing self-inflicted wounds. At this point, she might have to extend that label to Republican efforts to take the majority in the Senate as they flounder and flip flop.
Republican congressional candidate Doug LaMalfa is backing off a claim that he made that women who have abortions are more likely to get cancer.
In an odd turn of events, the Republicans in Tampa nominated real life versions of their cartoon versions of Kerry and Gore. Republicans thought John Kerry should be criticized for changing positions. But Kerry is not in the same league as Romney who ran as a pro-choice candidate and promised to do more for gay rights than Ted Kennedy.
While the Romney-Ryan ticket has a newly adopted platform that calls for a constitutional amendment banning all abortions, California’s pro-choice Republicans remain supportive of the candidates.
Archbishop-designate Salvatore Cordileone is stepping into a new, prominent leadership role within the Catholic Diocese of San Francisco in a matter of weeks; bringing with him a record that is well-known in religious and conservative circles.