If John McCain had won the presidency in 2008, the high court would not have struck down DOMA
With a perfectly snarky tone, John Aravosis EXPLAINS another good reason why we should be glad that John McCain never became president:
The Supreme Court’s decision in US v. Windsor, striking down the Defense of Marriage Act, was 5-4, with Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor siding with the majority (i.e., us).
Had Obama lost to McCain in 2008, President Get Off My Lawn would have put Republican judges in to replace David Souter and John Paul Stevens. And I seriously doubt Justice Giuliani and Chief Justice Hatch would have been very friendly to Adam & Steve.
That’s not to say that Barack Obama walks on water. Anyone who’s a regular reader of this blog knows that we do not shy from taking on Democrats, especially the President, when we think they need taking on. But I also believe in giving credit where credit is due. And without those two appointments to the Supreme Court, we’d very likely be looking at two more decades of DOMA, at least…
I know that President Obama has been a disappointment to a chunk of our readers. But yesterday’s DOMA decision (and Prop 8 as well) shows the importance of elections, and the importance of the courts. It’s tough getting people to focus on the courts. Especially as an election strategy. At least in my experience, working with a number of progressive groups in town over the years, using “who do you want to pick the next Supreme Court justice?” just isn’t a winning get-out-the-vote strategy. It should be. But it’s not.