Saturday, October 28, 2006

Why voting this election matters

Of Senators and Judges:
"In the midterm elections of November 1986, six years into the Reagan presidency, the Republican party lost control of the Senate. Barely six weeks beforehand, that still-GOP-led body had handily confirmed two crucial Reagan Supreme Court appointments: Associate Justice William Rehnquist's promotion to the chief's job and Antonin Scalia's nomination to the resulting open seat. But the newly Democratic Senate of 1987 would not prove so accommodating. Robert Bork, the president's first choice to fill the vacancy left by retiring Justice Lewis Powell, would be famously--and roughly--rejected. Those midterm elections wound up mattering rather a lot."