For all the billions spent, the endless bombardment of obnoxious ads and the empty stump speeches, very little attention has been paid during this election to what may be it most enduring outcome — the shape of the federal judiciary, not just for the next four years but for the next generation or two. The man who is elected president next Tuesday will very likely have an opportunity to name one or more justices to the Supreme Court, where four members are in the seventies.
The next Court vacancy could produce a dramatic switch in alignment. A liberal's retirement and a conservative President's choice of successor — or the other way round — can have a profound impact on issues most important to the Jewish community.
Church-state separation is only the most obvious, but the list is staggering.
Mitt Romney’s agenda calls for repealing government regulation of banks, businesses and Wall Street, restricting reproductive rights, limiting access to contraception, banning same sex marriage, tightening immigration and citizenship requirements and opening public lands such as national parks and wildlife preserves to oil and gas drilling. His positions on the environment, gun control, abortion rights, voting rights and civil liberties stand in stark contrast to those of a majority of Jewish voters,.
Yet the future of the nation's highest court, indeed the entire federal judiciary, remains the most important issue no one is talking about in this election.
Read more about it in my Jerusalem Post column.