First, it federalizes more and more issues, in an era when values and ideologies tend to be sharply partisan and geographically divided.
If you were a pro-lifer in Alabama, you probably wouldn’t get on a bus to Albany to protest New Yorkers’ more liberal abortion laws. But when federal courts decided that abortion law would be substantially the same everywhere in the country, proponents of abortion rights and opponents of abortion became locked in a battle over the court that sets the rules.
- Pity the Republicans, Francis Wilkinson, Bloomberg
- Obama Says Constitution Demands Senate Consider Court Pick, Mike Dorning, Bloomberg
- How Democrats stoked partisanship in Supreme Court confirmation process, Valerie Richardson, Washington Times