Friday, July 01, 2005
Reading the tea leaves, it seems clear that there will be a brutal confirmation battle regardless of who is nominated. At this point, a confirmation battle will be supply-side driven--the interest groups have the money already, and they are going to spend it one way or the other. And then try to raise some more. And the politicians are going to try to raise money by pandering to these same players. No one is going to roll over on either side just because a particular nominee is thought to be "moderate" rather than "conservative".
The credentials or qualifications of the particular nominee under consideration will be largely beside the point.
This wretched distillation of judicial confirmations into partisan struggles is the foul residue of Roe v. Wade. I strongly support lawful abortion, but it is a great shame that it was imposed by the Supreme Court.
Although I view abortion as murder, I strongly appreciate how you can separate your view on a matter versus how it should be ajudicated.
I would support having a Marxist guerilla nominated to the Court if he was an originalist.
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