Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Kennedy Holds Court: Pic of the Day 7/16

This chart is kind of old news, the NY Times published it after the Supreme Court's term closed last month, but I'm just getting around to it now. It shows the court's ideological breakdown in key cases and how it has become Justice Anthony Kennedy's domain.

The Conservative base has a nearly impenetrable bloc, but when Kennedy is inclined to defect his vote carries the day:

Justices Roberts and Alito have proved to be the steadfast conservatives the Right sought (behind the rallying cry "No more Souters!") after the "calamitous" appointment of the surprisingly liberal Justice David Souter by the first President Bush.

With Justices Ginsburgh and Stevens nearly ready to hang up their robes, a Republican victory in November would push Justice Kennedy from the dead center position he now holds on this chart to the far left.

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