OK Go’s Damian Kulash: Supreme Court Balance Is Election’s Critical Issue

From Rolling Stone:

Given the state of our economy, nothing is more important than creating jobs. If we choose the right man to be our next president, our economy will add between 9 million and 12 million jobs over the next four years. (Cue dramatic campaign music.) So choose wisely.

Now, shut off the dramatic music and notice the related fact: If we choose the wrong man, our economy will add between 9 million and 12 million jobs over the next four years, too.

This campaign has been all about the economy, as everyone knew it would be, but it’s all political bluster. The most important result of this election isn’t who gets to propose budgets and tax policy. It’s who gets to pick the lifelong terms of the people who shape America even more than the President: Supreme Court justices.

Don’t get me wrong: I care about the candidates’ economic plans, and their plans in general. I’ll vote for Obama because his economic policies prioritize the middle class, whereas Romney is hell-bent on tax breaks for the ultra-wealthy. I’ll vote for Obama because he’s made more health care available to more people, and Romney wants to reverse that. I’ll vote for Obama because his foreign policy has been cautious and steady, whereas Romney has been bellicose and full of threats (at least until he went unexpectedly pacifist in last week’s debate). I’ll vote for Obama because he supports gay marriage, and Romney doesn’t. I’ll vote for Obama because he supports abortion rights, and we can’t really tell what Romney himself thinks, though factions of his party believe that when a woman is impregnated during rape, “that’s God’s will.” I’ll vote for Obama because he recognizes how profound and urgent our environmental problems are, while Mitt Romney jokes about them: “We don’t know what’s causing climate change on this planet. And the idea of spending trillions and trillions of dollars to try to reduce CO2 emissions is not the right course for us.”

On a policy-by-policy basis, Obama is the right choice. But a president can only propose laws that inch the country in one direction or another for four years, while his choice of Supreme Court justices will have the final say on those laws, and all laws, for the rest of their lives. So let’s just focus on that one top-tier reason why I’ll vote for the right guy.

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