Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Here Are 3 Things We Should Demand In Trump's Supreme Court Justice Pick

... In 2005, I was one of the only pundits on the right to openly fight against George W. Bush’s pick of John Roberts for the Supreme Court. Here’s what I wrote:
Perhaps Roberts is a safe pick. He's politically conservative and undoubtedly brilliant. He will sail through the Senate without much hassle. But it is shocking to watch many constitutional originalists and textualists abandon their philosophies in favor of cheap politics. Roberts is not an originalist. There is nothing in his very short jurisprudential record to indicate that his judicial philosophy involves strict fidelity to the original meaning of the Constitution. He is not Antonin Scalia, nor is he Clarence Thomas…. There is nothing to indicate that Roberts prioritizes the words of the Constitution above other, more immediate political concerns….Unfortunately, we have no choice but to closely examine Roberts' words, because he has virtually no judicial record….President Bush had the once-in-a-presidency opportunity to nominate a clear originalist. Instead, he abandoned absolute adherence to the Constitution in favor of political expedience.
The late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, 1936-2016
In other words, no cipher candidates; stealth candidates end up being David Souter far more often than Clarence Thomas. And we can’t afford another David Souter or Anthony Kennedy or Sandra Day O’Connor or John Roberts.
So, here’s what we should be looking for: ...
Read Ben Shapiro's full op-ed HERE.

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