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"We're in for One Hell of a Ride" If Bush & GOP Sweep, Prof. Ken Bode Writes

October 29, 2004

October 29, 2004, Greencastle, Ind. - With the presidential election less than a week away, "the most important news going into the final days is Chief Justice William Rehnquist's cancer surgery," writes Ken Bode. "Voters on both sides should understand that the biggest prize at stake on Tuesday might be who gets to remodel the Supreme Court, a body now prone to 5-to-4 decisions on a host of issues, including the one that produced the presidency of George W. Bush."

Writing in the Indianapolis Star, Bode, Eugene S. Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism, continues, "The president recently told an audience of supporters that he expects one Supreme Court appointment shortly after the election and as many as three more over his second term. However bloody the battles that would ensue, you can expect his Supreme Court nominees to be modeled after the justices he most admires, conservatives Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia. At a minimum this means that Roe v. Wade will go back to the states, where abortion will join the culture war now being fought over gay marriages.

Bode, former senior political analyst for CNN, states, "What this illustrates is how poorly the Democrats have made the case of what a second Bush term would look like. Never having to face the electorate again, there will be nothing to curb his enthusiasms, no foot on the brakes. 'I'm going to come out after my swearing-in with fundamental tax reform, tort reform and privatizing Social Security,' the president said recently. This inevitably means more debt, but as Vice President Dick Cheney says, 'Reagan proved that deficits don't matter.' Add to this a continued loosening of gun control laws, diminished environmental enforcement, possibly a value-added tax and a general shredding of the social safety net...In foreign policy, re-election (by whatever margin) will be taken as vindication of the adventurism that produced our present quagmire in Iraq. With North Korea and Iran looming on the horizon, who knows what that might mean?"

In closing, Bode opines, "The president believes he will have two years, up to the 2006 midterms, to get it all done. If he wins, and Republicans continue to control both houses of Congress, we're in for one hell of a ride."

Read the complete text at College News.org. Ken Bode's other recent op-eds can be accessed here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

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