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One of the Most Frustrating Things About the SCOTUS Nominations… January 23, 2006, 6:01 pm

Posted by quintapalus in Democrat Stupidity, Supreme Court.

…is how incorrectly the basic purpose of the Supreme Court is viewed.

today’s NYT’s:

If Judge Samuel Alito Jr.’s confirmation hearings lacked drama, apart from his wife’s bizarrely over-covered crying jag, it is because they confirmed the obvious. Judge Alito is exactly the kind of legal thinker President Bush wants on the Supreme Court. He has a radically broad view of the president’s power, and a radically narrow view of Congress’s power. He has long argued that the Constitution does not protect abortion rights. He wants to reduce the rights and liberties of ordinary Americans, and has a history of tilting the scales of justice against the little guy.

Nominee, errr, I mean SUPREME COURT CHIEF JUSTICE John Roberts (how does that sound libby? Stick it in yer craw and choke!!) faced a similar attack during the nomination hearings. When he was asked if he would “stick up for the little guy,” his response was truly wonderful. I don’t remember it verbatim, but it was something like, I’ll stick up for the little guy when he is in the right as far as the law is concerned. If the law as written favors the “big guy,” then my obligation is to enforce the law and vote for the big guy.

And there it is in all of stark glory – the huge divide separating the how the left and the right view the SCOTUS. The left believe that the Nine in black robes should serve as some sort of philosopher kings or a super-legislature, constantly having the final say of what is truly “right,” even if that standard moves over time. Whereas conservatives simply want the SCOTUS to behave in the manner provided by the constitution, namely act as the refs or the umps (pick your sport) of the game at hand.



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