- if a Republican wins the Presidency, the odds are high that Republicans will continue to control the House and Senate.
- since every day the 9 on the Supreme Court get closer to the grave, it's likely there will be some vacancies on the Court during the term, possibly Scalia, Ginsburg, and Breyer, depending on factors. Assume a Republican president, the replacement(s) are likely to be to the right of the 3 (possibly not to the right of Scalia but certainly to the right of Ginsburg and Breyer). That would move the court rightward and would mean one-party control of all three branches of government.
- we'd see a test of the theory that united government can make big and enduring changes.
- if a Democrat wins the Presidency, the odds are high that Republicans will continue to control the House, maybe the Senate.
- replacements on the Supreme Court would, I guess, be more moderate than the departed justice. The Senate is likely to be more closely divided than when Kagan and Sotomayor were nominated and possibly more partisan. So if all 3 of my possibilities leave, the court might move slightly left, with the swing justice becoming one of the newbies.
- we'd see a test of whether a change of personnel, the President, could change the political climate in Washington.
I'm comfortable in predicting that the changes won't turn out to be as drastic or harmful to the country as the partisans would predict. On the other hand, I'm voting Dem. :-)