This year’s presidential campaign has focused, in large part, on the economy and who can best help us escape from the recent economic doldrums, and rightfully so. While economic issues will continue to dominate, voters should not overlook another issue that will have a lasting impact well beyond the next four years: the president has the power to appoint justices to the United States Supreme Court and judges to the lower federal courts. Voters must consider with whether they want a president who will appoint judges who apply the Constitution and laws as written and originally understood or a president who will appoint judges willing to impose their own policy preferences on the public.
The nomination of Supreme Court justices is a particularly important issue this year because the winner of this election can dramatically reshape the Supreme Court. The winner of November’s election will likely have the opportunity to replace three current justices, including stalwarts from both the liberal and conservative sides of the bench.