No Floridian can vote for John McCain. Everyone, but especially grudge-holding Hillary hold-outs, wake up: The November election is really about making two nominations to the Supreme Court.
Is anyone so Obama-obdurate that you would let John McCain continue the Bush tradition of engineering radical, right-wing appointments to a court already packed with extremists? Are you willing to make Karl Rove's wish for a permanent, radical-right dominance of this country come true?
When Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren asked McCain which current Supreme Court justices he would not have nominated, he said Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, Souter, and Stephens - the best. He has touted Justices Roberts, Alito, Scalia, and Thomas as his jurists-of-choice - the worst.
Give McCain your vote and his Supreme Court may again subvert the constitution to decide another state's election as it did Florida's in 2000. For sure, he'll find stooges to accelerate the court's efforts to trample your constitutional rights; strengthen the "unitary" executive, a figment of conservatives' imaginations, nowhere in the constitution; destroy the balance of power shared by our three co-equal branches of government, which is in the constitution; decelerate the desegregation of public schools; overturn Roe v. Wade, unseparate church and state.
Conservatives think and act long-term. They have launched an ideological revolution in this country - and they will never give up. Their persistence assures their followers, keeps them in business, and fills their coffers. And while the unsuspecting, easily distracted public digests reportorial nonsense, the radical right knows that presidents come and go, Supreme Court and federal judicial appointments are for life - and their decisions haunt us for generations and in ways none of us can predict.
Lest Floridians forget: In 1991, Bush 41 cynically nominated a clearly unqualified Clarence Thomas to fill Thurgood Marshall's seat on the Supreme Court. Then, just nine years later, Thomas cast the infamous, deciding vote that disenfranchised Florida voters and put W in the White House.
If McCain becomes president, expect more bad decisions from more and more ideologically driven and lesser and lesser qualified justices. So, don't give him the chance to swear that he will do the good stuff he's supposed to under our constitution. He's already promised that he'll act just like a son of a Bush.
Stephen L. Goldstein duels the issues with retired Editorial Page Editor Kingsley Guy on alternate Fridays. E-mail him at email@example.com.