Of the many reasons why we care who is President, the fact that he will appoint federal judges is somewhere in the middle: below national security, and above the remote possibility that he might veto the latest Medicare boondoggle. Today Anne Gearan of the Associated Press attempted a short summary of the issue. There is nothing worth reading in her piece except this:
In an AP-Ipsos poll taken last week, 56 percent of those surveyed said they wanted the president to nominate a Supreme Court justice with conservative political views if a vacancy occurs; 37 percent said they preferred a justice with liberal views.
So this is what is commonly referred to as a “wedge issue;” that is, one where the majority of voters favor the conservative position. So, W, drive the wedge.