Not sure this is a debate, but I post here as it touches on things debatable.
One reason I’m voting for Obama is so that a conservative does not get to push the S.Ct. further to the right. But I didn’t really know which justices were likely to retire other than knowing Stevens is quite old. I looked up their ages, and found:
Looking elsewhere I read the 3 considered possibly retiring are Stevens due to his age, Ginsburg for health issues, and Souter for unspecified reasons. Well, seeing as those 3 tend to vote on the more liberal sides of S.Ct. decisions, even if all 3 of them retire, Obama will merely have a chance to keep things as they are, rather than really change the dynamics of the court, no?
For purposes of this thread, I’m using the general terms liberal and conservative assuming most people can discuss this topic using these terms, rather than debating whether specific judges are best described as strict constructionists, activists, or any number of other possible terms.