Next President's Influence on the Supreme Court

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Dr. Kermit Roosevelt, professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania, researches and teaches constitutional law and conflict of laws and is a former clerk to Supreme Court Justice David Souter.

“Barak Obama will probably be able to do nothing more than maintain
the status quo. Liberal seats are more likely to be vacant. John McCain
with one appointment could create a solid five-Justice conservative bloc,
which would dramatically affect almost every constitutional issue, given
how closely the Court is now divided.”


Dr. Rogers Smith, a professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, is chair of the Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship and Constitutionalism.