The High Court
The Court’s docket is piling up with deeply divisive, overtly political issues [thus] setting the stage for what could be a series of bombshell rulings right in the heat of the 2016 campaign season.
It won’t be the first time the Court has gotten tangled up in politics in an election year — in 2000 – it decided the outcome of the presidential election (Bush v. Gore), and in 2012, it decided the fate of President Obama’s health care law (ACA) in the midst of his reelection campaign.
But the Court’s current term, which will likely wrap up in late June, contains an unusually potent mix of politically charged cases. There are several ways for the Court to step into the political fray.
Highlights include these possible cases and related issues:
(1) It can rule on the political firestorm of the moment (as it did with Obamacare in 2012).
(2) It can take up a well-established tent pole of the culture wars (e.g., same-sex marriage). It can change the rules of electoral politics (e.g., campaign finance reform).
(3) Make life in general harder for one side of the political spectrum.
This term, the Court could do all of the three above. Plus [added attraction these two]:
(4) It will probably rule on Obama’s executive actions on immigration — the single biggest domestic-policy debate in the 2016 campaign.
(5) It will also wade back into abortion rights and take another stab at Obamacare’s contraception mandate (in the ACA – like in Hobby Lobby ruling).
All of that serves as a vivid reminder that the next president could get to nominate as many as four new justices. Here’s a quick rundown of the cases that could shake up the 2016 race as hi-lighted above:
My notes: It is a shame that the court mostly tries to avoid strictly political issues (impact and outcomes), but with this 5-4 Conservative-leaning 5, and the rabid GOP-run Congress with their Conservative bent, who knows what the outcome(s) will be.
Plus, the whole gun issue may raise its ugly head once again and just in time to get the NRA and gun-lovers (or gun nuts if you prefer) all charged up and spending like crazy on things like no more rules for buying or getting or having a gun; or the validity of “open carry” laws and other such hot-buttons built into this whole arena.
Stay tuned – it out be as they say a “ball-buster” term at the high court.
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