In The New Yorker, legal analyst Jeff Toobin looks at what the Supreme Court might look like under a McCain presidency:
The question, as always with McCain these days, is whether he means it. Might he really be a “maverick” when it comes to the Supreme Court? The answer, almost certainly, is no. The Senator has long touted his opposition to Roe, and has voted for every one of Bush’s judicial appointments; the rhetoric of his speech shows that he is getting his advice on the Court from the most extreme elements of the conservative movement. With the general election in mind, McCain had to express himself with such elaborate circumlocution because he knows that the constituency for such far-reaching change in our constellation of rights is small, and may be shrinking. … When it comes to the Constitution, McCain is on the wrong side of the voters, and of history; thus, his obfuscations.
(HT: Huffington Post)