SurveyUSA nearly 90% support for debate

Survey taken yesterday after McCain's announcement shows his campaign miscalculated badly in anticipating voter reaction.  Obama's position - President must be able to chew gum and walk at same time - would seem to have greater support. Blurb and link below.  

America's 1st Reaction -- Friday's McCain-Obama Debate Should Still Be Held On Friday, But Perhaps with New Focus: Immediately after John McCain's announcement at 3 pm ET today, Wednesday 09/24/08, that he was suspending his campaign and seeking to postpone Friday's scheduled presidential debate, SurveyUSA interviewed 1,000 adults nationwide. Key findings:
A majority of Americans say the debate should be held on Friday. Just 10% say the debate should be postponed. A sizable percentage of Americans, 36%, think the focus of the debate should be modified to focus more on the economy. 3 of 4 Americans say the presidential campaigns should continue. Just 14% say the presidential campaigns should be suspended. If Friday's debate does not take place, 46% of Americans say that would be bad for America. rtUC.aspx?g=54d651a7-a62b-4420-bb32-9dd6 b2df8c02

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The election and the Supreme Court

Many HRC supporters are disappointed.  Some are also angry, to the point of stating that they will work against BO in the coming general election campaign.  It is heartening to see so many statements of party unity and support of BO on mydd the past few days.  But for those who remain sufficiently upset to consider not supporting BO, please keep the following in mind.  

Beyond Iraq, beyond equitable economic policy and universal health care, the Supreme Court currently consists of 4 very conservative justices (Scalia, Thomas, Roberts, Alito), one conservative with moderate tendencies (Kennedy), and four moderate/liberal justices (Stevens, Ginsburg, Breyer and Souter).

Stevens is 88 years old, Ginsburg is 75, Breyer is 69, and Souter 68.  Without wishing any of the justices ill (indeed, wishing them excellent health!), it is very likely that in the next eight years Justice Stevens will be replaced, very possible that Ginsburg will also either choose to step down or depart due to health reasons, and harder to predict but still possible that Breyer and/or Souter will depart.

With a McCain Presidency, over two terms, we can expect that the court would expand to a minimun 6-1-2 conservative/moderate/liberal composition.  Of the current conservatives, Thomas is 59, Alito 58, Roberts 53, and Scalia 71 but showing no signs of slowing down.  As an aside, I participated in a small dinner about five years ago and ended up sitting next to Scalia, who is a charming and very nice man.  I just disagreed with most of what he said.  

With that make-up in the context of a McCain Presidency, we could see a minimum 6 member conservative majority for a decade or more (I would also wish Justice Scalia good health), and a 5 member conservative majority for 20 years or more.  

That is what is in the balance in the next election.  Reproductive rights, civil liberties, labor rights, regulatory protections, you name it.  I hope that those who have difficulty supporting Obama will keep that in mind.  

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