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Good riddance to David Souter

Friday, May 1, 2009

Supreme Court Justice Souter was a big disappointment to conservatives. I don't know why George H. W. Bush thought that Souter would be good candidate for the court when Bush nominated him in 1990. Souter has proved to be a reliable liberal vote on the court. So whomever Obama nominates to replace Souter will not have a chance to change the direction of the court, at least for the time being. However, if he chooses a younger candidate, he might be picking someone who will be a member of a liberal majority at the Supreme Court sometime in the future.

It will be incumbent upon the Republicans on the Judiciary Committee to ask whomever Obama nominates some very tough questions. The Republicans probably lack the votes to stop an Obama nominee no matter who it is, but they do have the power to insist on a thorough examination of the person who will probably be our next justice.

The American people have a right to know who our next Supreme Court justice is, for better or for worse.
posted by John, 6:04 PM


David Souter was expected to be a conservative justice on the Supreme Court, but wasn’t. But that doesn’t make his a liberal.

Souter is not as conservative as Scalia, Thomas, Roberts and Alito. He’s not as liberal as Breyer, Ginsburg and Stevens. That leaves Souter and Kennedy guarding the center. Souter was labeled a "liberal" after Thomas came to the court. But let’s be honest, a big majority of justices (past and present) and the general population are "liberal" when compared to Thomas.

We need more Supreme Court justices in the middle, like Souter. We don’t need liberal justices and we don’t need conservative justices. We need fair justices who are respected by liberals and conservatives.

You have a good provocative blog.

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