When it comes to appointments to the Supremes, there is supposed to be — as all pretend — no litmus test to be applied. There actually is one, however, and the Democrats do a much better job reading the results of said litmus tests. Their appointees turn out true blue, for the most part, while the Republican appointments are hit and miss.
Nevertheless, elections matter, and nevertheless, who makes the appointments matters also. In the Hobby Lobby case just handed down, a significant protection for our religious liberties was kept intact, and here is the breakout.
Voting for the majority on this case were the Republican appointees:
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. (George W. Bush)
Antonin Scalia (Ronald Reagan)
Anthony M. Kennedy (Ronald Reagan)
Clarence Thomas (George H.W. Bush)
Samuel Anthony Alito, Jr. (George W. Bush)
In the dissent, we find all the Democrat appointees:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Bill Clinton)
Stephen G. Breyer (Bill Clinton
Sonia Sotomayor (Barack Obama)
Elena Kagan (Barack Obama)
I am not withdrawing prior criticisms of the Republican appointees, particularly on issues like abortion. They should have done a lot better than they have. At the same time, it is a matter of grateful astonishment to me that we have had almost six years of Obama, and we still have a Court capable of a decision like this one. It is quite possible that we will make it through the next two years of Obama’s tenure without him being able to move the Court leftward at all. I am very grateful to God.
Also, by the way, if you live within driving distance of a Hobby Lobby, go in there and buy something random, like a glue gun, just to say thank you.