Friday, June 27, 2003

Conservative Court?

The Rehnquist Court is often depicted by Democrats and liberals as being "conservative" because seven of the nine current justices were appointed by Republican Presidents. But if you were to survey its decisions over the past several years on social hot button issues like abortion, affirmative action and gay sodomy, the Court has been anything but conservative. Thus, the Left ought to stop wringing its hands about the possibility of Bush appointing a new Supreme Court justice. If anyone should be expressing concern, its conservatives like myself who don't want to see another Souter, Stevens, O'Connor, and Kennedy appointed.

Come to think of it, given the rich history of Republican Presidents naming liberal activist justices to the Supreme Court (Earl Warren was an Eisenhower appointment and Harry Blackmun, the author of Roe v. Wade, was appointed by Nixon) I'm suprised more liberal Democrats don't vote for Republican Presidential candidates.

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