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The Fight Over A Supreme Court Nomination

May 11, 2009

E.J. Dionne opines in the Washington Post that liberals should welcome a fight with conservatives over President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court vacancy.

Liberals, who (in my view, correctly) opposed Roberts and Alito on philosophical grounds, should thus not be hypocritical themselves and deny the conservatives’ right to challenge a nominee’s philosophy. On the contrary, liberals should welcome a real debate — and win it.

But this also means that such matters as a nominee’s sexual preference should not be a consideration and that an authentic debate would involve ideas, not slogans — notably “judicial activism,” “legislating from the bench” and “strict constructionism.”

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  1. May 11, 2009 6:33 am

    Except that “judicial activism,” “legislating from the bench” and “strict constructionism” are ideas and not slogans. The first two are great evils and the latter is what the SCOTUS was charged with doing by our Founding Fathers.

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