GOP candidates will no doubt trot out their tired and absurd old claims about opposing “activist liberal judges,” but the truth of the matter is that if there are any activist judges on the federal bench these days, they are of the Right. One need look no further than the Scalias, Thomases and Alitos of the world and the Citizens United decision they gave us to see what they look like and how far back they plan on taking the nation.
And speaking of Hillary and the courts, here are a couple of other facts that she’d probably do well to emphasize as she looks to mobilize her likely supporters:
In 2017, the combined ages of Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, Scalia and Kennedy will be 325.
The last time a Democratic president appointed the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court was 1946 — the year before she — Clinton — was born.