May 6, 2008

RED MEAT:

McCain: Judging judges (Mark Murray, 5/06/08, NBC: First Read)

According to advanced excerpts of his speech on his judicial philosophy today, McCain will blast both Obama and Clinton for supporting judicial activism. “They are both lawyers themselves, and don't seem to mind at all when fundamental questions of social policy are preemptively decided by judges instead of by the people and their elected representatives. Nor have they raised objections to the unfair treatment of judicial nominees. For both Senator Obama and Senator Clinton, it turned out that not even John Roberts was quite good enough for them… And just where did John Roberts fall short, by [Obama’s] measure? Well, a justice of the court, as Senator Obama explained it – and I quote – should share ‘one's deepest values, one's core concerns, one's broader perspectives on how the world works, and the depth and breadth of one's empathy.’”

“These vague words attempt to justify judicial activism – come to think of it, they sound like an activist judge wrote them. And whatever they mean exactly, somehow Senator Obama's standards proved too lofty a standard for a nominee who was brilliant, fair-minded, and learned in the law, a nominee of clear rectitude who had proved more than the equal of any lawyer on the Judiciary Committee, and who today is respected by all as the Chief Justice of the United States. Somehow, by Senator Obama's standard, even Judge Roberts didn't measure up. And neither did Justice Samuel Alito. Apparently, nobody quite fits the bill except for an elite group of activist judges, lawyers, and law professors who think they know wisdom when they see it – and they see it only in each other.”

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 6, 2008 9:21 AM
Comments

Where are all the conservatives who normally would bash McCain on the issue of judges?

Are they contemplating President Obama's potential judicial nominations?

Posted by: ratbert at May 7, 2008 12:02 PM
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