April 18, 2010

THE REACTIONARY LEFT:

Obama v. Roberts: The Struggle to Come (PETER BAKER, 4/18/10, NY Times)

Much more so than last year, when he made his first nomination to the court, Mr. Obama has Chief Justice Roberts on his mind as he mulls his second, according to Democrats close to the White House. For an activist president, the chief justice has emerged clearly in recent months as a potentially formidable obstacle, and Mr. Obama has signaled that he plans to use the political arena and his appointment power to counter the direction of the Roberts court.

“He’s very concerned about the activism of the court in recent terms,” said Senator Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, ticking off a series of cases that angered liberals, most notably allowing corporations to spend freely in election campaigns. “He wants to make sure he puts somebody on there who is not going to take radical steps like that.”


It warms the cockles of a cynic's heart to watch the Right push asctivism on the Court and the Left support conservatism.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 18, 2010 11:10 AM
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