President Reagan meeting with Judge Anthony Kennedy after his nomination to the Supreme Court (Wikimedia)

Jeff Greenfield: Why GOP-Appointed Justices Jilt Conservatives

It’s safe to assume that no Democratic president would choose a justice who’s at all uncertain about upholding Roe v. Wade or same-sex marriage. But is it equally safe to assume that a Republican president would only want justices committed to overturning those decisions? Given the relief with which some Republicans greeted the same-sex marriage ruling, can social conservatives freely assume that a future GOP president would want that issue—or abortion—back in the political center ring? There’s no doubt at all about the kind of justices a President Mike Huckabee would appoint. But a President Jeb Bush?

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