May 23, 2009

Elections have consequences

Oh yeah. You can bank on the fact that we're definitely going to be getting a liberal activist justice on the Supreme Court:

"I said earlier that I thought empathy was an important quality, and I continue to believe that. You have to have not only the intellect to be able to effectively apply the law to cases before you, but you have to be able to stand in somebody's else shoes and see through their eyes and get a sense of how the law might work or not work in practical day-to-day living," he said.

As an example, he cited the Lilly Ledbetter case, in which the court ruled in 2007 that a woman who had suffered pay discrimination, but discovered it after the window for filing suit had passed, could not sue her employer. "I think anybody who has ever worked in a job like that understands that they might not know that they were being discriminated against," Obama said. "It doesn't make sense for their rights to be foreclosed. That's the kind of case where I want a judge not only to be applying the law in front of them but also to understand that as a practical matter."
And this guy is supposed to be some kind of super-scary Constitutional scholar? Really? Supreme Court justices are only supposed to apply the law in front of them, especially as how it relates to the Constitution. Not how something makes you feel, or whether or not you think something is unfair.

Oh, silly me. That's a strict-constructionist view of the role of the courts. Which is also probably RACIST, SEXIST, and HOMOPHOBIC somehow. Code words, you know.

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