Sunday, May 3, 2009

Sen. Orrin Hatch: Obama's Supreme Court Qualifications Are "Code Words For An Activist Judge" (Video)

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT)appeared on "This Week" today to discuss President Obama's pick to replace Justice David Souter. He is concernced that Obama might pick a judicial activist instead of someone who bases decisions on the law.

Hatch claims that Obama's desire to choose a judge based on the nominee's "personal politics, personal feelings and personal preferences" are "code words for an activist judge who is going to be partisan on the bench".

I agree. To me, it sounds like he wants a judge who will rule on emotion rather than fact and that is dangerous. He wants someone who knows "what it means to have the system not work for them."

The Atlantic puts it this way:

Somewhat opaquely, Obama, a constitutional law lecturer, has said that the single most important qualification his appointments must possess is empathy for those who are less fortunate. In September, Obama told an audience that he is "committed to appointing judges who understand how law operates in our daily lives, judges who will uphold the values at the core of our Constitution."

Here a list of potential nominees from The Associated Press.

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