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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Judges, Lies and Democrats

William Bloomfield from Thoughts from the Right has this commentary on an article by Mario Cuomo. What's disconcerting is this portion of Cuomo's article regarding judges who have legislated from the bench:

But some senators who will be required to vote on confirmation are persuaded that Judge Roberts and the other candidates would use their judicial positions to achieve their political ends, especially because Bush had promised to select judges who would, in their decisions, emulate Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas.

This labeling of originalist judges as activists appears to be a new talking point of the Democrats. The day after Bush's nomination of Judge John Roberts, I heard Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont appear on NPR's Morning Edition and say that he is wary of Bush appointing judges who would legislate from the bench and promote their own political agenda. Leahy specifically named Justices Scalia and Thomas as examples. (Audio available here.) A quick Google search picked up Thomas Sowell's commentary on this "Calculated Confusion."