Saturday, July 09, 2005

Are they judges or legislators?

You don't ask judges how they are going to rule on cases that haven't come before them yet, because they're not supposed to know. But that point is lost on some.

As Sowell notes:

It is one thing to be willing to sacrifice income in order to serve your country, it is something else to have a lifetime reputation for integrity, honesty, and dignity destroyed by noisy and shameless politicians playing to the gallery of special interests.

"All questions are legitimate," declared Senator Charles Schumer, one of the most shameless of them all. "What is your view on Roe v. Wade? What is your view on gay marriage? They are going to try to get away with the idea that we're not going to know their views. But that's not going to work this time."

"You cannot ask a judge to prejudge a specific matter," was the very different view of Senator Jeff Sessions, a former judge himself.

And as AfterAbortion has noted:

"When pro-life groups criticized Reagan's nomination of Sandra Day O'Connor, who was chosen for her sex, not her ideology, Sen. Howard Metzenbaum (D-OH) thundered: 'I believe there is something basically un-American about saying that a person should or should not be confirmed for the Supreme Court ... based on somebody's view that they are wrong on one issue.' Sen. [Ted] Kennedy [Democrat-MA] agreed, complaining: 'it is even more offensive to suggest that a potential justice must pass the litmus test of any single-issue group.'"

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