Friday, May 01, 2009

First SCOTUS Vacancy

My stomach actually turned this morning when I heard the news teaser that a SCOTUS judge would be retiring...and they would say whom after the break. we go!

When I heard the name my initial reaction was, "thank God it's just David Souter!"

But really? We thought Souter was bad, but I am quite sure this administration will find someone much worse. It's a comfort that we aren't losing a Conservative judge (they all better hold out for four years...if Robert Byrd can do it, they have no excuse!), but I have a feeling Obama's appointment may just make us long for a Souter decision...

Seems I'm not alone in this thinking:

"...Souter has been a terrible justice, but you can expect Obama's nominee to be even worse. The Left is clamoring for "liberal lions" who will redefine the Constitution as a left-wing goodies bag. Consider some of their leading contenders, like Harold Koh (champion of judicial transnationalism and transgenderism), Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick (a racialist extremist and judicial supremacist), and Cass Sunstein (advocate of judicial invention of a "second Bill of Rights" on welfare, employment, and other Nanny State mandates). Or Second Circuit judge Sonia Sotomayor, whose shenanigans in trying to bury the firefighters' claims in Ricci v. DeStefano triggered an extraordinary dissent by fellow Clinton appointee José Cabranes (and the Supreme Court's pending review of the ruling). Or Elena Kagan, who led the law schools' opposition to military recruitment on their campuses, who used remarkably extreme rhetoric--"a profound wrong" and "a moral injustice of the first order"--to condemn the federal law on gays in the military that was approved in 1993 by a Democratic-controlled Congress and signed into law by President Clinton, and who received 31 votes against her confirmation as Solicitor General. Or Seventh Circuit judge Diane Wood, a fervent activist whose extreme opinions in an abortion case managed to elicit successive 8-1 and 9-0 slapdowns by the Supreme Court..." (source)

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