Remember the presidential election of 2000? One of the big issues was the argument that the president would nominate at least one, maybe two, Supreme Court justices when in office.
So America battled over George W. Bush putting in arch-conservatives while Al Gore would no doubt nominate dastardly liberals. As it turned out, W. got in the chief justice, John Roberts, and Samuel Alito.
It took eight years to get those two. In less than two years, Barack Obama is already on his second pick. And the question is ... where's all the conservative outrage? Liberals were pretty ticked off that W. put in conservative judges. And liberals are still ticked off now that a Democrat is in power.
The reason - Obama isn't trying to stack the court. Or so it appears. The linked article states that Obama is going for moderates who can negotiate with conservatives. And that makes the far left upset.
"Obama isn't indebted to liberal advocacy groups, and in any event transforming the law via the courts is clearly not something that he thinks important," said Mark Tushnet, Harvard Law School professor and former clerk for Justice Thurgood Marshall.
Obama might be a liberal, but he's also an attorney. While a partisan politician, we suspect that he - like any lawyer - has a respect for the law that borders on the esoteric.
A belief and faith in the law like that can transcend politics, and greatly affect what the U.S. Supreme Court looks like for years to come.