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We must thwart the will of the people!

At least according to this piece. That's what I'm hearing from pro-Kerry forces in my neighborhood, anyway. The most important issue in this election is the Supreme Court!

In an AP-Ipsos poll taken last week, 56 percent of those surveyed said they wanted the president to nominate a Supreme Court justice with conservative political views if a vacancy occurs; 37 percent said they preferred a justice with liberal views.


I think this is a potentially very important issue in the upcoming race. I don't want or need liberal judges on the Supreme Court. It'd be nice, but I'm not holding my breath. I do think the balance of the court requires a true moderate though. And I don't think it has anything to do with thwarting the will of the people (insert that emoticon that bashes heads in with the mallet, replaced with a soft nerf(tm)-like one)! It has to do with checks and balances. You can't have a true check if everyone in power thinks the same way. That's called pod people.

I hear ya, Katherine.

To be honest, I'm not sure how I'd answer this poll question myself (lots of polls are like that). Strict constructionism is generally regarded as a "conservative" judicial philosophy, and it's one that I support. OTOH, "conservative judge" could mean an activist jurist with an expansive sense of his own role in shaping a right-wing agenda. I think those kinds of judges are dangerous.

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