No one but Bill Clinton could highlight with such clarity why it’s so important for us to make sure that Democrats don’t win the 2016 election. Jeb Bush could talk for 10 hours without ever chilling a conservative’s blood the way Clinton did with less than a hundred words.
Hitting the campaign trail on Monday, Clinton told a New Hampshire crowd why they needed to pull the lever for his wife. “We need to recognize something that has received almost no attention in this election, which is that the next president of the United States will make between one and three appointments to the United States Supreme Court,” he said. “And I know who I want doing that.”
As a matter of fact, the next president could reasonably be expected to replace as many as four Supreme Court justices. Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, and Stephen Breyer are all well into their 70s. In a worst-case scenario, Hillary Clinton could replace all four with liberals. If that happens, it would make today’s Supreme Court look like a miniature CPAC conference.
What kinds of cases might come before the Supreme Court over the next decade? How might they be asked to interpret the Second Amendment? Or the First? Will voter ID laws come before them? Super PACs? Hate speech? Illegal immigration? As we learned this year, these nine justices can forever alter the American cultural landscape in an instant. What will our religious freedoms look like after a few years of liberal Supreme Court domination?
Always mindful of the fiscally-conservative, socially-liberal Republicans, most of the GOP candidates have shied away from this issue. Unapologetic Christians like Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz bring it up, but the moderates know which way the social winds are blowing. From a political standpoint, it might actually be more effective to let Clinton do the talking. Americans may or may not be up for another four years of Democrat leadership; they do not want a Supreme Court that is just a rubber stamp for the hard left. The more Hillary and Bill remind them of what they’re really voting for, the more the fence-sitters might reconsider.
Anyone who thinks a Republican-dominated Senate would stand in Hillary’s way on these nominations has a lot more faith in those yahoos than they’ve earned. And of course, there’s no guarantee that there will be a Republican-dominated Senate next January. It’s entirely possible that we are headed straight for a disaster. And if Scalia or Kennedy hang up their robes, we will play witness as Hillary Clinton finishes the job Barack Obama started: the fundamental transformation of America.