The Corner

“Political” Judges

I know Jon Adler knows this stuff far, far better than I do. But the notion that “political” judges — as defined in Jon’s post — are somehow inappropriate or unqualified is so completely contrary to American history it’s astounding that anyone could offer it with a straight face. Um, ever hear of the Warren Court? How about Sandra Day O’Connor? I mean how many judges in the United States are elected?

Personally, I don’t mind a stricter standard against lawyers with partisan experience than against nominees with, say, academic experience. But the notion that it is anything but opportunism to invoke this standard as disqualifying strikes me as hard to swallow.

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