Reelect Obama, overturn Citizens United?

Obama and Romney presidencies would take the Supreme Court in radically different directions

By Katie McDonough

Published September 17, 2012 8:09PM (EDT)


You already know that President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have radically different positions on Medicare, abortion rights and rebuilding the economy. What’s less clear is how effectively they’ll be able to implement their agendas.

While the makeup of the next Congress remains unknown, a recent report from the Center for American Progress (and a nifty corresponding infographic, below) lays out what a single Obama -- or Romney -- appointee could mean for some of the Court’s most contentious rulings. Chief among them? Citizens United. It was, after all, only a 5-4 vote that allowed corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence elections. An Obama second term -- and his third SCOTUS appointment -- could mean the highly polarizing, highly influential case might be reconsidered -- and overruled.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="475" caption="Image via Think Progress"]A Tale of Two Courts[/caption]



Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at

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