Electing the Supreme Court

Think this is about choosing a President? Think again

If you still think this is going to be an empty presidential election--a Coke-vs.-Pepsi contest in a fat and happy year when there's little at stake--take a look at a decision handed down last week by the Supreme Court. Most people don't vote for President with the Supremes in mind, but consider this: on Wednesday the court split 5-to-4 on a crucial vote, striking down a Nebraska law that bans partial-birth abortions (and almost surely taking out similar laws in 30 other states). That one-vote margin is important, because the next President is likely to nominate two or more Justices--enough to...

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