I can agree that perhaps the formula for determining regions affected by the VRA should be updated since the 1960's. But the ruling effectively kills the entire Act by allowing Congress to just drop the ball on ever updating it (which they will never do) so I don't think anyone believes this was anything but a backdoor way fro the conservative wing to kill the entire Act. I don't know how much flexibility the SCotUS has in creating rulings so I'll decline from throwing out suggestions on how it would have been better. I see more argument for saying the VRA should have stood as is since Congress has the option of changing the formula and has declined to. They voted on it and approved it within the last 10 years so you could say the formula is effectively only 10 years old. That makes more sense to me than killing the entire law on a technicality.
My predictions on the SSM cases are the same as most people watching it: DOMA overturned, Prop 8 returned to the state without judgement, effectively overturning it without setting a national precedent.
Edit: I shouldn't say the "entire" Act as some aspects might be untouched but the major relevant portion of regions required to gain approval before screwing with the voting abilities of the people there is effectively dead.
Edited, Jun 26th 2013 8:23am by Jophiel