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According to the New York Times, based on an analysis of four sets of political science data, now after five terms, Chief Justice John Roberts' Supreme Court is "the most conservative one in living memory."

During this time, the Roberts court "issued conservative decisions 58 percent of the time" and, in the last year, that rate increased to 65 percent, the highest since 1953.

As Jeffrey Toobin noted last year in an article for The New Yorker, "In every major case since he became the nation's seventeenth Chief Justice, Roberts has sided with the prosecution over the defendant, the state over the condemned, the executive branch over the legislative, and the corporate defendant over the individual plaintiff.

Even more than Scalia, who has embodied judicial conservatism during a generation of service on the Supreme Court, Roberts has served the interests, and reflected the values, of the contemporary Republican Party."

And now with the additional appointment of Alito, Bush moved the Supreme Court so far to the right that some are wondering when they're going to repeal the minimum wage and child labor laws, as the last uber-conservative court did about 100 years ago.

Given that the Supreme Court is the most powerful of the three branches of government - the result of their taking onto themselves a power not given them in the Constitution, the power to declare laws unconstitutional which they asserted in 1803 - it becomes ever more important that there be a Democrat in the White House over the next two terms when it becomes increasingly likely that one of the conservative members of the court will retire.
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Thom Hartmann is a Project Censored Award-winning New York Times best-selling author, and host of a nationally syndicated daily progressive talk program on the Air America Radio Network, live noon-3 PM ET. His most recent books are "The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight," "Unequal Protection: The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights," "We The People," "What Would Jefferson Do?," "Screwed: The Undeclared War (more...)

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Why does "conservative" in the US automatically me... by Stefan Thiesen on Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010 at 10:36:10 AM
The Supreme Court does seem to be the most powerfu... by PrMaine on Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010 at 11:05:47 AM
The President does more important things than nomi... by Bruce Morgan on Wednesday, Jul 28, 2010 at 2:05:13 AM
This is the most forlorn call to arms I've ever se... by Perry Logan on Wednesday, Jul 28, 2010 at 5:20:20 AM
You hit it on the button! Not sure why Thom, who ... by Jeff Rock on Wednesday, Jul 28, 2010 at 8:40:43 PM
If a Democratic President actually behaved like a ... by Jeff Rock on Wednesday, Jul 28, 2010 at 8:37:51 PM