MSN News, Business Insider: Trump privately predicting he'll appoint four Supreme Court justices
We have talked about this before in other threads, but this is really what gets the Republican base to vote in huge numbers, especially the evangelicals. No single group can top them for voter turn-out. I predict 90 percent plus turn-out for evangelicals along with a very sizable component of Catholics. Look for Trump to dangle this big carrot in front of Republican voters again and again before the 2018 midterm and 2020 elections. Republicans will be salivating like Pavlovian dogs as they go to the polls and vote.
Democrats on the other hand will be split with the idealistic far left "Bernie, Bernie, Bernie" candidates of the Our Revolution nominees offering free stuff, and the centrist left candidates offering a "Hillary type" common sense agenda. Voters will be turned off by the in-fighting and especially turning off Independent voters.
I think Trump's prediction has a 50-50 chance of coming true. For the record, this is reality:
Ruth Bader Ginsberg, born March 1933. Currently 84 years old.
Anthony Kennedy, born July 1936. Currently 81 years old.
Stephen Breyer, born August 1938. Currently 79 years old.
Elections have consequences that go well beyond the feel good emotional day of protest in the voting booth (or protest by not voting). In the case of Neil Gorsuch, who was born on August 29, 1967 and just turned 50, we can expect perhaps another 30-35 years of Gorsuch like opinions on matters related to abortions and LGBTQ rights, not to mention guns, voting rights, districting, affirmative action, corporations, and much more.
Can you imagine three more Gorsuch look-a-likes on the Supreme Court to keep voting company with John Roberts, born January 1955 (age 63) Clarence Thomas, born June 1948 (age 69), and Samuel Alito, born April 1950 (age 67). It is conceivable that the decade of 2020 - 2030 could be a game changing renaissance of 6-3 votes for the Christian conservative movement even if the Democrats can manage to take back Congress, the presidency, state legislatures and governorships. Any laws Democrats pass will be challenged in the courts and ultimately reach the Gorsuch like Supreme Court.
This was my worst nightmare before the November 2016 election and it's a real headache now...the prospect of America becoming a Christian caliphate of sorts. But Dems caught up in their own ideological bickering just don't seem to get it.
When I was registering voters, I was appalled at the ignorance shown of our government and it's three branches. My bet is that if you asked the person on the street who any of the Supreme Court justices are or their judicial philosophies you would get a lot of blank stares. This issue just doesn't register with so many low-information voters.
My opinion subject as usual to derision...