Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Scalia, right again

Scalia says that judges who rule that the law reflects their own policy preferences is turning the judicial nomination process on its head, and he is absolutely correct.
"Scalia said increased politics on the court will create a bitter nomination fight for the next Supreme Court appointee, since judges are now more concerned with promoting their personal policy preferences rather than interpreting the law.

'If we're picking people to draw out of their own conscience and experience a 'new' Constitution, we should not look principally for good lawyers. We should look to people who agree with us,' he said, explaining that's why senators increasingly probe nominees for their personal views on positions such as abortion.

'When we are in that mode, you realize we have rendered the Constitution useless,' Scalia said."