In Dicta

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

A qualified nominee should be approved

“Are a Nominee's Views Fair Game?”

“The White House and Senate Democrats headed toward a collision yesterday over the role ideology should play in the selection of the next Supreme Court justice, outlining a key conflict that could define the nomination battle over a successor to Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

Karl Rove, President Bush's chief political architect, said precedents from the most recent Supreme Court vacancies suggest that opposition-party senators have a responsibility to back a president's choice if they believe a nominee is qualified, even if they disagree with the person's views. He also maintained that a strongly held ideological stance would not amount to "extraordinary circumstances" justifying a Democratic filibuster under a recent bipartisan Senate deal.”

I don’t wish to take partisan sides in this debate, but I have to agree with Mr. Rove. If a nominee is qualified, that person should not be demolished like Robert Bork was in 1987 because the Democrats (or even Republicans) disagree with his or her views. Remember, the President nominates Federal Judges, and the people elect the President. The people have spoken, and President Bush’s views are clear, so the people want judges akin to President Bush’s views, whether you (or I) agree with them or not.


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