If I were a Republican campaigner, I would start writing the ads skewering Obama for how his two Supreme Court appointees voted on this one. Just leave blanks for the scripts for the criminals and crime the Supreme Court just released on society.
The Supreme Court on Monday endorsed a court order requiring California to cut its prison population by tens of thousands of inmates to improve health care for those who remain behind bars.
The court said in a 5-4 decision that the reduction is “required by the Constitution” to correct longstanding violations of inmates’ rights. The order mandates a prison population of no more than 110,000 inmates, still far above the system’s designed capacity.
There are more than 142,000 inmates in the state’s 33 adult prisons, meaning roughly 32,000 inmates will need to be transferred to other jurisdictions or released.
Antonin Scalia’s dissent is right. This “radical injunction” is an outrage. And Republicans would be right and smart to stir up the outrage once released criminals start preying on society. If Obama had appointed common sense Constitutionist justices, this ruling would not have happened. But no, in Kagan and Sotomayor, he wanted justices who would be yes women for leftist agendas.
This will be a huge campaign issue in 2012. Obama will be made to pay for his appointments. You’ve heard it here first.