Friday, June 29, 2007

Bush's Legacy: The Supreme Court

If there was any doubt before, the last few days have dispelled it, as the Supreme Court's final rulings of the term show a decided tilt to the right, courtesy of the addition of Justice Samuel Alito to the Court last year by President Bush.

Yes, Bush's domestic agenda--whatever it was--is in shambles and his foreign policy is a disaster. In a year and a half he'll be gone and we hope the country can start to get back on the right track. (Although the immigration debate shows just how messy our domestic politics are, regardless of "W").

But Bush has nonetheless left us a legacy that will linger on well past his exit from the White House, in the form of a much more conservative Supreme Court. We suspect this term was only a warm-up. As conservative interest groups see what's possible, they will start pushing a more aggressive Court agenda, with bigger, bolder initiatives.

We shudder to think about it.

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