[good judges] respect the rule of law & [believe] that its enforcement should be blind, rather than actively promoting a person’s personal policy preferences.
Matt made a particularly good point, generally, about the divide between liberals & conservatives regarding the role of the judiciary:
I hate that applying the law impartially, without respect for outcomes, is seen as ultraconservative. Shouldn’t that actually be considered a moderate approach?
This is something where I don’t believe there will ever be reconciliation between conservatives and libs–judicial interpretation.
To which I responded:
Liberals see the courts as a way to advance their agenda–as a great ex post facto leveler & righter of (perceived) wrongs. They view the court as a way of equalizing everyone rather than as everyone being equal before the court.
- In addition to filling racial and gender quotas herself, she rules in favor of them. (h/t Dan K.)
- Like Obama, she believes “empathy” is more important in judicial rulings than blind or impartial application of the law.
- Finally, we know that she believes that courts should make policy. Per John Fund, in today’s Political Diary (h/t Scott L.):
The leading piece of evidence against her is a statement made at a conference at Duke University Law School in 2005, in which she said, “The court of appeals is where policy is made.”
Way too soft on Sotomayor. Regardless of [her] political views or decisions from the bench, she is incredibly incompetent and unqualified.
- Is the judge a liberal activist?
- Does the judge fit our racialist view of America? (how many boxes can we tick by nominating him or (preferably) her?)
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