In last month's Watch Report, we reviewed important business-related decisions of the Supreme Court's 2005-2006 Term. Due to space limitations, we were forced to defer any broad generalizations--which we present now.
The More Things Change, the More They Remain the Same: Two years ago, if asked, most observers would have said the U.S. Supreme Court was divided into two factions: four liberals and four conservatives, with a "swing" vote (Sandra Day O'Connor).
Today, after a battle that threatened to tear the Senate apart as an institution--and after three bloody confirmation fights--the composition of the Court appears to be . . . four liberals, four conservatives, and a "swing" vote. . . .