the remade Supreme Court, a narrow majority of justices changed the law on race, abortion, free speech and a swath of other issues affecting American life. Long-standing precedents were discarded or reinterpreted. Government interests prevailed over individual rights. Business won at the expense of consumers and workers. And people on the fringe, such as rabble-rousing students and atheists, lost out.
I remember watching utterly disgusted during the Senate vote last year in which 19 Democrats joined with the Repubs to shift the Supreme court to the right
The shift is once again big news because it has yielded some very negative consequences for Americans. PBS reports,
The Supreme Court term that just ended under Chief Justice John Roberts was marked by key 5-4 rulings that cheered conservatives, including overturning two race-based school desegregation programs, upholding the federal ban on a late-term abortion procedure, and striking down a key provision of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law.
In the end 20 Democrats felt confident they could still be re-elected even if after voting for a new overiding right-wing ideology for the entire country.
Akaka (HI), Baucus (MT), Bingaman (NM), Byrd (WV), Cantwell (WA), Carper (DE), Conrad (ND), Dorgan (ND), Inouye (HI), Johnson (SD), Kohl (WI), Landrieu (LA), Lieberman (CT), Lincoln (AR), Nelson (FL), Nelson (NE), Pryor (AR), Rockefeller (WV), Salazar (CO)
I think Lieberman’s vote (and the 19 other Dem votes) was a betrayal of Democratic values and voters with damaging consequences for all of the United States.