“We need somebody who’s got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what it’s like to be a young teenage mom, the empathy to understand what it’s like to be poor or African-American or gay or disabled or old–and that’s the criterion by which I’ll be selecting my judges.”
So sayeth Barack Obama.
Well, shouldn’t it tell us something that the judges he wants to reinforce with like-minded colleagues, AKA the liberal wing, voted in ultimate empathy with the rapist of an 8 year-old girl, and not the girl herself?
To his credit — or to the credit of his realpolitik advisers — Obama came out against yesterday’s decision. But, that doesn’t change the fact that he would appoint judges who would vote the same away and has voted against judges who voted the right way.
And, if the McCain campaign’s reading this, it’s no crime to point this out a bit more forcefully.